Fatal school bus crashes are rare but buses wreck frequently. However, a recent crash in Georgia claimed the life of a five-year-old girl.
Charges were reported to be pending against a school bus driver after a 5-year-old girl was killed and 22 other people on the bus were injured in southern Georgia. Officials said a school bus crashed into a tree.
The reason why the bus left the road was unclear. The bus was on its morning route in Liberty County, five miles away from Glennville, when it crashed around 7 a.m. reported Fox News.
The GSP noted charges were pending against the school bus driver after the crash last December. No other vehicles were involved when the bus veered off the road near Fort Stewart 50 miles southwest of Savannah.
Graphic pictures of the crash showed the front of the school bus mangled. GPS said the impact with the tree caused the bus roof to cave in the students.
All the children on the bus were taken to a local hospital as well as the bus driver, a 62-year-old woman.
We were shocked and saddened to read about thus fatal school bus crash. A series of school bus crashes have raised questions about drivers.
Nevertheless, fatal school bus crashes are rare. When they do occur they are often horrifying.
More than two years ago, a school bus crash in Houston in Texas saw a bus leave an elevated roadway and crash to the ground below. Two female students lost their lives.
A study in USA Today noted wrecks involving school buses are rare. Children spend thousands of hours on these buses every year without incident.
Despite numerous reports of students being hospitalized in school bus wrecks, the injuries sustained are usually minor and students are usually treated for cuts and scrapes.
The report in USA Today noted from 2004 to 2013, drivers in the United States were involved in 340,039 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Just 1,214, (a mere 0.4 percent) involved school transport such as a school bus or another vehicle taking children to school or on field trips.
The statistics are little consolation if a child has died or been seriously injured in a school bus crash. Our Georgia bus accident attorneys help families of those who have been injured. Call us for a consultation at (404) 913-1529.