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School bus crashed after driver leaned out to vomit: lawsuit
Chicago Sun Times ^ | August 4, 2010 | Sun-Times Media Wire

Posted on 08/11/2010 1:30:00 PM PDT by a fool in paradise

As a school bus traveled down a Kankakee County road last December, its driver opened the door of the moving bus to vomit and then fell out — causing the bus full of school children to crash into a nearby ditch, a lawsuit claims.

The suit against Illinois Central School Bus was filed in Cook County Circuit Court Monday by a mother who claims her child was injured in the crash.

Akilah Giddings, mother of Jacqual Calbert, claims that the driver opened the door of the bus “in an attempt to lean over so he could barf” as the bus approached an intersection in Pembroke Township in rural Kankakee County.

The driver fell out and onto the road, while the bus carrying school children continued moving and crashed into a ditch, the suit claims. Calbert, a passenger on the bus, suffered an unspecified injury, the suit says. The suit does not say if anyone else was injured in the crash.

Illinois Central School Bus spokeswoman Diana Hallam declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying she has not reviewed it yet. She said safety is “a top priority.’’ The company, based in west suburban Montgomery, is the seventh largest school bus transportation business in the U.S., according to its website.


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1 posted on 08/11/2010 1:30:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: Slings and Arrows

Not a PING


2 posted on 08/11/2010 1:30:33 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Just simple morning sickness. He is probably preggers.It couldn’t be that he was drunk or anything like that. Why, that would be against the rules.


3 posted on 08/11/2010 1:34:38 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: a fool in paradise
Akilah Giddings, mother of Jacqual Calbert

How could the mother have a different last name than the mother? Oh, she must be one of those ladies with an established professional name.

4 posted on 08/11/2010 1:35:22 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: a fool in paradise

Ever notice that buses do not have to comply with auto safety standards? Funny that mass transit is allowed to endanger us, but we are not adult enough to decide our own level of risk in a personal auto.


5 posted on 08/11/2010 1:35:29 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: a fool in paradise

I’m sure one of the little ruffians “grossed him out”.

You know how kids are. They’re always trying to top each other in grody grossitude.


6 posted on 08/11/2010 1:36:40 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Darwin Award, perhaps?.....


7 posted on 08/11/2010 1:39:35 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

They don’t comply with environmental standards either. THey pollute so much more than many cars combined.


8 posted on 08/11/2010 1:40:47 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: a fool in paradise

He...opened...the door...while the bus was moving.

Dear God. Teh Stupid...it BURNS.


9 posted on 08/11/2010 1:41:27 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: a fool in paradise
"What did you SAY???"


10 posted on 08/11/2010 1:41:40 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: a fool in paradise

A poorly executed hurl.


11 posted on 08/11/2010 1:44:04 PM PDT by Nachoman (Think of life as an adventure you don't survive.)
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To: a fool in paradise
As a school bus traveled down a Kankakee County road last December, its driver opened the door of the moving bus to vomit and then fell out

I find that explanation a little hard to swallow...

...what!? C'mon, you thought the SAME thing!

12 posted on 08/11/2010 1:49:41 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (OBAMA: Living proof that hope is not a plan.)
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To: Nachoman

“A poorly executed hurl.”

Yeah, whatever happened to projectile vomitting? I almost walked into a little guy who spewed a good 4 feet before the stream began to arc in a Toys R Us. The intercom requested a “mop on aisle nine”, but I didn’t see any sales associates in sight. It seems they know when they hear the spew hit the linolieum to find things to do in the back of the store. Smart kids.


13 posted on 08/11/2010 1:51:20 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Nachoman

Needs post graduate studies.


14 posted on 08/11/2010 1:51:32 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

“a little guy who spewed a good 4 feet before the stream began to arc in a Toys R Us”....

That makes for an interesting Kodak moment....


15 posted on 08/11/2010 1:53:30 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Owl_Eagle

Was he even on the bus? ;-)


16 posted on 08/11/2010 1:54:18 PM PDT by Dem Guard (The + IRS = Theirs)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...


17 posted on 08/11/2010 1:54:42 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
"It seems they know when they hear the spew hit the linolieum to find things to do in the back of the store."

Lol!

18 posted on 08/11/2010 1:56:46 PM PDT by Dem Guard (The + IRS = Theirs)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

“a little guy who spewed a good 4 feet before the stream began to arc in a Toys R Us”....

That makes for an interesting Kodak moment....

Yeah, I just about walked into it. I was walking across the top of the aisles and he and his mom were walking down the aisle when projectile spew came flying across my line of approach. It pays to be observant and have good brakes.


19 posted on 08/11/2010 2:02:29 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: RichInOC

I can’t imagine that he really did that. The door is on the opposite side of the bus from the drivers seat and the steering wheel. Seems like he could have opened the window right beside him on his left and barfed. Either that or pull over and leave the bus. I guess when you are getting ready to barf you aren’t thinking right.


20 posted on 08/11/2010 2:03:46 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: a fool in paradise

You forgot the “Barf alert”. :)


21 posted on 08/11/2010 2:03:57 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: Dem Guard

Ken Kesey's bus LOOKED like someone threw up on it...

22 posted on 08/11/2010 2:06:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; AlmaKing; AngieGal; ...

ping.


23 posted on 08/11/2010 2:14:05 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

Well...You know how I feel about school buses.

They are poorly designed. Poorly supervised. And...Many of the injuries and deaths are completely unavoidable.

Parents: Drive your own children to school and safely buckle them up in a properly fitted safety seat or belt.


24 posted on 08/11/2010 2:22:06 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Another job lost. zer0’s fault.


25 posted on 08/11/2010 2:25:27 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
Funny that mass transit is allowed to endanger us,
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Typically when Big Brother runs things. Expect the same bureaucratic ineptitude and hand wringing ineffectualness with Obamacare.

26 posted on 08/11/2010 2:25:35 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime

Well...You know how I feel about school buses.

They are poorly designed. Poorly supervised. And...Many of the injuries and deaths are completely unavoidable.

Parents: Drive your own children to school and safely buckle them up in a properly fitted safety seat or belt.


Except that the stats show kids are safer per mile on the bus than in the family car (granted, that’s the average kids, and you might be more safe, sober, or seat-belt insistent than average).


27 posted on 08/11/2010 2:27:56 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly at first.)
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To: 240B
Might have been food poisoning. I can remember it hitting so fast that I was filling a 20 oz cup, dumping it out, and refilling several times before I slid to a stop and finished on the side of the road. I had the fish. Photobucket
28 posted on 08/11/2010 2:50:27 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Beelzebubba
Except that the stats show kids are safer per mile on the bus than in the family car (granted, that’s the average kids, and you might be more safe, sober, or seat-belt insistent than average).
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Show me the stats that prove children are safer on a bus than driven by a **parent**, directly to and from school, and with the children are wearing seat belts.

You can't because they don't exist.

Next...You are likely able to find statistics showing that children are safer in a bus rather than being in a car ( with or without wearing seat belts),driven by **anyone**, at any time of the day. Of course this would include teens driving other teens ( we know how safe they are!).

Statistics like these aren't helpful to a parent trying to decide whether or not to allow their child to ride the bus.

Also...Emergency room physicians and surgeons across the nation will testify that of the 17,000 admission to hospital emergency rooms that many many many of these injuries ( and even deaths) would have been completely prevented by having seat restraints ( maybe similar to what is seen in amusement parks), better ( and often inexpensive) bus design, adult supervision in the back of the bus, and adult help with crossing the street.

Of course those 17,000 ER admissions do NOT include the visits to private physicians and dentists’ offices for more minor injuries.

29 posted on 08/11/2010 2:55:32 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Years ago, when my boys were little, one of them was carsick. So I was driving slow looking for a place to pull over.

The guy in back of me was not sympathetic to my plight. I was in the slow lane, but he was 2” from my bumper, yelling and giving me the bird.

My son, 5 years old, opened the window and vomited. Air speed being what it was, the guy’s windshield got a bath. Best way to stop a rude tailgater I ever found.


30 posted on 08/11/2010 2:58:04 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: a fool in paradise
its driver opened the door of the moving bus to vomit and then fell out

Yeah, that happens all the time.
31 posted on 08/11/2010 3:00:20 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Beelzebubba
school bus 17,000 hospital
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You might not believe that little factoid about there being 17,000 ER admissions ever year due to school bus accidents.

I challenge you to do a Google on the words: school bus 17,000 hospital.

Oh....And, remember that this is a nation whose government goes nuts if a ***private*** industry has 1 part per 100 BILLION of some chemical in some food.

But...Hey! We all know that if school buses were made safer there would be less money for the teachers and their unions.

32 posted on 08/11/2010 3:02:03 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Kankakee road? Driver barfs out door and falls out?

Akilah is the mother of Jacqual?

So Akilah and Jacqual live in Kankakee?

What country did this happen in?

33 posted on 08/11/2010 3:06:33 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: wintertime

I think the bottom line here is that he should have puked on himself or the dash before endangering these kids. The kids safety IS his priority.
Kind of like being on the line of fire and a wasp flies down the back of your shirt. You don’t shoot everyone else because of a sting.


34 posted on 08/11/2010 3:12:32 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Clay Moore
I had the fish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir1rzzGugIU

35 posted on 08/11/2010 3:21:02 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: a fool in paradise
i guess the window right next to him was too hard to open...
36 posted on 08/11/2010 3:28:16 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Hey gnarly dudes, give me a break! I had ta' hurl!


37 posted on 08/11/2010 3:38:16 PM PDT by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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To: wintertime

Usually, it’s much more reliable to look at fatalities. Not just because they are worse than industry and more important to protect, but because they are recorded with much greater reliability than minor and major injuries.

But 17,000 ER admissions (which might not necessarily be for serious injuries) means that of the ~50,000,000 kids who are taking 350 annual rides each, that’s one ER visit per MILLION bus rides. Feel free to adjust numbers because not all kids ride the bus.

Some facts to chew on:

A fact sheet provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that 66 student deaths occurred as occupants on ALL school transportation vehicles, including those with restraints and without, between 1996 and 2006.

According to the Morning Call survey, one school bus driver and fifty-five pedestrians and riders in other vehicles have died since 2000, but no students on buses. That says a lot about the local Pennsylvania area.

School bus transportation is by far one of the safest methods of transportation, and the national track record associated with the daily transport of children proves just how safe it is. Driver training and bus construction both contribute.

With over 400,000 fatal accidents in the United States between 1996 and 2006, 0.33 percent were school transportation related, including ALL school vehicles.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/252854

So if 0.33% of 400,000 fatal were school related, that’s 1320 school transportation fatalities in 10 years. Looking up a few paragraphs, we learn that 66 of these were on school buses. Thus, 95% of kids who are killed in crashes on the way to or from school are in the family car (or some vehicle other than a school bus, perhaps pedestrian fatalities hit by car are included as “school transportation.”

I’m sure that of the 19 kids on the way to school who die in the family car, a too-large portion were unbelted, or mom was tipsy. But most were probably just accidents.

And if I worried about child safety, I’d not be focusing on the incredibly safe mode of buses, and instead on other things (like overall road safety, etc.

But it is true that some are arguing that seatbelts would reduce injuries to kids on the bus. I’m not sure how well compliance would be, and how to address the range of child sizes, or if the investment would be justified compared to spending my tax dollars on other ways to improve safety (or letting parents keep more of their tax dollars to buy larger, safer cars with the extra money.

I also know that listening to ER docs for policy advice usually leads to bad decisions. Patching up limbs and gunshots does not make one an automotive safety engineer or a gun control expert.


38 posted on 08/11/2010 3:47:49 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly at first.)
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To: goseminoles

I agree.

So?...The driver was irresponsible and, from the article, it appears the bus did a slow roll into a ditch. Would the child who was injured have been spared this injury if he had had a seat restraint ( maybe similar to those at amusement parks)?

Was this child sitting 3 to a seat as is often done? Was he throw into the aisle or bang his head and teeth into the seats in front on on the side of the bus?

Accidents happen. People will be irresponsible. That is why we have many of the safety features designs in cars that we and we are urged to wear seat belts.

The safety design of school buses could be greatly improved to help protect the children when the driver, or other drivers around them on the road, are not as alert, careful, or perfect as they could be.


39 posted on 08/11/2010 3:54:00 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: a fool in paradise
How many kids sympathy barfed when this guy lost his cookies? lol
40 posted on 08/11/2010 4:05:23 PM PDT by Dem Guard (The + IRS = Theirs)
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To: Beelzebubba
Just as I thought. You are unable to point to the statistic that compares death and injury on a school bus vs. having the **parent** drive them directly to and from a school ( or school event), with the child securely wearing a seat belt.

**THAT** is the information that a parent needs to know when deciding to drive the child or let him use the bus.

**THAT** factoid doesn't exist because it has never been studied.

Also....Am I to conclude that you think it **OK** that children wind up in ERs or **DEAD** with school bus injuries that could be **EASILY** be prevented with some rather simple and inexpensive school design, more adult supervision, and seat restraints ( one freeper suggesting using the restraints found on amusement park rides.) ?

Hey? And...Then there is the bullying, and harassment found on buses ( sexual, physical, and emotional.) that could be prevented with better adult supervision....but...I guess you think that's OK, too!

41 posted on 08/11/2010 4:06:59 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime

Yep. It pisses me off that UPS drivers cruise around with no seatbelt and leg hanging out the door also.


42 posted on 08/11/2010 4:12:27 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: wintertime

http://www.google.com/gwt/x?q=ronshay+dugans&ei=hy1jTKDjE4zAM-XH6_gB&ved=0CAgQFjAA&hl=en&source=m&rd=1&u=http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/27958164.html


43 posted on 08/11/2010 4:16:38 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: wintertime

I assume the biggest risk BY FAR is kids who drive themselves and their sibling/friends to school and back. At least based on casual observation around here in Indiana.

So why worry about the trivial risk of bus crashes?
To be really “safe” you need to make sure all those hs students get driven to school.


44 posted on 08/11/2010 4:18:57 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: wintertime
Children get more supervision getting into or on, and off an AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE than they do getting into the school bus seat, and on and off their school bus.

Hey! How many of those 66 deaths were due to being crush or dragged to death by their school bus? ( A death nearly completely preventable by having adult supervision.)

But...Hey! Since there are sooo few **preventable** deaths, I suppose we should all celebrating! CHEERS! (/s)

45 posted on 08/11/2010 4:23:05 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
It pays to be observant and have good brakes.

Ahh, yes! The difference between a brown nose and a kiss-* is good brakes.

46 posted on 08/11/2010 4:25:41 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: nascarnation

I assume the biggest risk BY FAR is kids who drive themselves and their sibling/friends to school and back.

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Absolutely! These kids would be safer on any U.S.school bus, no matter how poorly designed, missing seat restraints, or lacking in adult supervision.

I agree with you there!

But...If a kid is going to ride a bus, let’s make it on one that is as safely designed as possible, with seat restraints of some sort, and with adult supervision. Many many injuries and some deaths could be completely eliminated by doing this.


47 posted on 08/11/2010 4:27:06 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime
Parents: Drive your own children to school and safely buckle them up in a properly fitted safety seat or belt.

IIRC, Rodney Dangerfield's parents wouldn't let him ride the bus...they made him hitchhike!

48 posted on 08/11/2010 4:28:33 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: nascarnation
So why worry about the trivial risk of bus crashes?
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If your child is dragged by his bus because his back pack strap gets caught in a handrail that could have been **inexpensively** changed for a safer design, you won't think it was trivial.

If your second grade-aged child is crushed by his bus when merely having an adult present ( other than the distracted driver) would have prevented the accident, you won't think it was trivial.

Oh...And children **do** enter and exit buses for school events that are not happening immediately at the child's assigned school bus stop when the parent could be present.

I suppose my concern and alarm about school bus safety began when one year a first grader in our county was crushed to death by his school his school bus. The following year **another** young child was crushed to death in our county by his bus. UNBELIEVABLE!

TWO children crushed to death in one county in two years! It was the early eighties in Cecil County, Maryland.

The parents in our county, organized themselves, and begged and lobbied the school board for adult supervision besides just the driver. They were never successful in getting the schools to do that.

49 posted on 08/11/2010 4:40:01 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: goseminoles
A third-grader at Apalachee Elementary, who died of head trauma, after a cement truck collided with the school bus she was riding, Friday afternoon.
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Likely, that child would have had no, or very minor, injuries if she had been in a restraint.

I wonder if she was one of three children ( very unsafe) in the seat and was then thrown into the aisle. Maybe another child ( also unrestrained) fell into her and that caused the head injury.

This is so sad.

50 posted on 08/11/2010 4:45:27 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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