According to the NHTSA, taking the bus to school provides millions of children across California and the U.S. the safest mode of transportation available each day. This is because school buses are the most regulated vehicles on our roads. In spite of this, accidents can still happen and can result in injuries.
One such accident happened The Palm Springs Desert Sun reports that on Monday, March 4th, at approximately 10:30 a.m. a Palm Springs Unified School District school bus was rear-ended by another vehicle. California Highway Patrol spokesperson, Jackie Quintero, said in a statement that the bus was carrying 14 people; 9 were special needs adult students, four aides and the driver of the bus.
The accident happened when a woman driving a 2012 Toyota Corolla traveling southbound struck the bus which was stopped at an intersection near Dillon Avenue in Hot Springs. The 60-year old male driver of the school bus, two of the students and an aide each complained of experiencing pain at the scene of the accident. All were taken to an area hospital to be checked out.
Both the bus driver and the driver of the Toyota were wearing seatbelts. The driver of the Toyota Corolla was not injured. The school bus was not equipped with seatbelts for the passengers on board.
CHP investigators determined that impairment was not a factor in the crash and that the woman who was driving the Toyota had been driving too fast for traffic conditions.