If you have children, and you don’t personally deliver them to the threshold of their school’s door, then you are probably very familiar with school buses. Then again, even if you don’t have children, you’ve probably been on one at some point during your own childhood. For a moment, think about what a school bus really offers. They can fit nearly fifty students, and depending on the geographic area, can save a lot of parents a lot of time in the morning and afternoon. While older students might not love the idea of taking the bus to school, smaller children actually find great joy in the experience. They not only get to ride on this yellow mammoth with wheels, but they get to converse with their friends while they do it.
Unfortunately, the “specs” on buses are less than ideal when it comes to passenger safety. Most school buses do not have seat belts or airbags to prevent injury in the case of a collision or accident on the road. Instead, there are large, relatively stiff seats that offer little to no protection. In addition, the sides of buses are lined with windows, which increase the likelihood of worse injuries in the case of an accident.
For the most part, bus accidents are not caused by the drivers of the buses. Instead, they are often caused by other drivers on the road who are more concerned with saving time than with respecting the safety of school-aged children.
On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 19-year-old Dillon Simmons of Augusta County, Virginia was driving his pickup truck on Chrysler Street in Staunton City, Virginia. It was just after 2:00 pm when Dillon was towing another car on a trailer with his GMC pickup truck. He lost control of the truck while he was taking a sharp turn onto Hays Avenue. The road was also wet at the time.
Unfortunately, a Staunton City school bus was in the area where Dillon lost control. Dillon’s car hit the very front of the school bus. The impact of the crash jackknifed the trailer and flipped the car off of it. When police and EMTs arrived at the scene, they found that Dillon, the female bus driver, and two students on the bus were injured. They were both brought to the Augusta Health Center in Fishersville, Virginia.
According to the Virginia News Leader, criminal charges are currently pending against Dillon for his reckless driving.