Tuesday, November 21, 2006

School Bus Safety

According to news reports, three children were killed and dozens more injured as a school bus, taking students to classes at a downtown tech center in Huntsville Alabama, swerved on an overpass, plowed through a concrete barrier and plunged to the street below.

The Associated Press reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which was to investigate the wreck, has said that school buses are designed to protect occupants without the use of seat belts. A new design uses strong, well-padded, high-backed seats, closely spaced together.

However, the board last week added school bus safety to its list of most wanted transportation safety improvements, recommending that new standards be devised to improve safety when buses are involved in rollover crashes.

Read more on school bus passenger safety from the NTSB.

To learn more about the NTSB, read a previous blog posting about it.

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