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Lancaster Online reports that a school bus accident occurred in Lancaster, PA. According to the article, the accident occurred on Millersville Pike at approximately 7:23 a.m. when a sport utility vehicle collided with a school bus headed to the Lancaster Mennonite School. Pictures on Lancaster Online show the SUV rear-ended the bus. Officials report that there were middle and high school aged children on the bus at the time of the Pennsylvania school bus accident, and six students were injured. Some children were taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of their injuries, which are reported to be minor.

The article does not disclose why the accident occurs, nor does it state possible factors.

One of the most common causes of vehicle accidents in the United States is distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,474 people were killed and an estimated 448,000 were injured in accidents in 2009 that were reported to involve distracted driving. Anytime a motorist takes their hands or eyes away from the steering wheel, they are putting themselves and all others on the road at great risk.

A school bus with students onboard that was parked at the Maurice J. Moyer Charter Academy in Wilmington, Delaware was rear-ended by another school bus dropping off students the morning of November 17. According to ABC Local, 47 students from both buses were examined by paramedics. Nine students who complained of back and neck pain were taken to local hospitals for further treatment.

This school bus accident comes two weeks after another school bus accident in Delaware in which a bus crashed and flipped onto its side in Newcastle, injured thirty-seven students and a school aide.

Accidents involving students who are being transported for school-related events can be caused by distracted driving, inadequate vehicle maintenance, vehicle defects, poor road conditions, and other forms of negligence.

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.

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