Early morning of November 3, a school bus crashed and turned onto its side on 1-295 at Route 9 in New Castle, Delaware, at approximately 7 a.m., reports news outlet WPVI Philadelphia. The school bus contained students between the ages of 15 and 18 that were bound for Pencader Business and Finance Charter High School.
According to police officials, 37 students, as well as the school aide, received treatment for injuries they sustained in the bus crash at a local hospital. All have since been released. No students were injured seriously, school officials reported.
It appears as though the school bus driver was approaching the turn quickly, and his speed caused the bus to flip onto its side. Students were forced to exit the bus by using escape hatches on the bus’ roof since the rear exit door was blocked.
The bus driver faces at least one charge of driving at unsafe speeds. No other motor vehicles were involved in the school bus accident.
Since 1998, there have been approximately 414,400 motor vehicle accidents that have resulted in at least one fatality. Of those fatal crashes, about 34 percent were classified as being school transportation-related. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,564 people have died in accidents that were school transportation-related in the United States since 1998. That’s an average of about 142 deaths every year. Sadly, these types of accidents generally involve children or teens, which makes them all the more tragic.
Thankfully, none of the students involved in this school bus crash were injured seriously. However, those injured in bus accidents can suffer severe and life-changing injuries. In those cases, medical expenses and hospital bills can be astronomically high, particularly if on-going treatment is needed. Those involved in school bus accidents should consult with a school bus crash attorney to learn more about their legal rights and options should they decide to pursue a case regarding a school bus crash.