A recent school bus accident in Alabama sent 21 young students to the hospital. On board the school bus were 41 students from both Goshen Elementary School and Goshen High School. The bus reportedly flipped over and landed on the driver's side, according to WSFA12.
The Pike County school bus rolled over at the intersection of County Road 2246 and County Road 2243 just after 7:00 a.m. Twenty-one of the students were transported to Troy Regional Medical Center. Reports indicate that most injuries were minor. One student was said to have suffered a broken arm, while a number of others reported only minor scrapes and cuts.
Our Montgomery school bus accident attorneys understand that the cause of the school bus accident has yet to be identified by officials. Investigations are ongoing. While we await more information on the cause of the accident, the larger issue is the trust that parents and guardians put into our state's school bus drivers to safely transport our young ones to and from school every day. School officials have a responsibility to provide safe vehicles and safe drivers to the students of the community.
"The bus was a mile from the school, fully-loaded and there were bad conditions. The rain was terrible," said Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety and Alabama State Troopers will be continuing the investigation into the accident. Currently, there are no charges pending on that bus driver and all of the students have reportedly been released from hospital care.
"We are fortunate and blessed that the injuries are no more serious than they are," said Dr. Mike Bazzell, Pike County Schools Superintendent. "The response by law enforcement and EMS was excellent."
Reports indicate that no other vehicles were involved.
School Bus Facts, according to the American School Bus Council:
-From 2004 to 2005, Alabama operated about 7,100 school buses.
-The 7,100 school buses in the state completed nearly 150 million trips that year.
-Children are nearly 15 times safer riding to and from school in a school bus than in other modes of transportation.
-School buses are the country's largest mass transportation system. These buses complete 10 billion passenger trips and nearly 4.5 billion miles of travel a year.
-Modern school buses are federally required to be equipped with a number of safety features, including fuel system protection, rollover protection, emergency exits, special mirrors, warning lights, better breaks, special passenger crash protection. These requirements are upheld to help protect our young school-aged passengers.
School Transportation Officials are required to ensure that vehicles, staff members and bus driver are well equipped with the proper tools, knowledge and skills to get our children to and from school safely each day. Our children's safety should be their number one priority.