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ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Feb. 25 about Gov. Nathan  Deal suspending six DeKalb  County school board members, The  Associated Press reported erroneously that the affected members have 30 days  to apply for reinstatement. Georgia state law
allows the members to ask for  reinstatement no sooner than 30 days after Deal's action and no later than 60  days after the governor's executive order went into effect. The story also  erroneously referred to a weekend ruling in a lawsuit
challenging the state's  removal law. The order was issued Friday.

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by Nic Moye

A collision between a school bus and mini-van sent three kids to the hospital Monday afternoon.  It happened in the 900 block of South Queen Street in York Township, York County about 3:15 pm. Police say the bus was a York Vo-Tech school bus.  The private vehicle involved was being driven by a York  Catholic student.  He was also taken to the hospital.  The impact of  the crash sent the van onto a nearby sidewalk.

Both the bus and van were towed from the scene.  Police are still investigating the crash.

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Five teenagers were taken to the hospital Monday after their school minibus was hit by a dump truck that ran a stop sign in Patchogue, Suffolk police said.

The victims had minor injuries and were taken to the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue, said Bill Rowse, spokesman for the Patchogue Fire Department, which responded to the scene, along with Patchogue Ambulance Company.

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  • The Detroit News

  • Flat Rock — A bus driver for Flat Rock Community Schools lost both lower legs after she was pinned against a guard rail by a bus that jumped a curb.  According to police, the incident occurred at about 4:17 p.m. Thursday at the school bus depot in the 28600 block of Division Street.

    There were no students around when the crash occurred, according to Sgt.  Anthony Korody.

    "According to reports, the victim, 45, was attempting to plug a bus into the battery charging system while another driver attempted to position the bus closer to the plug," Korody said. "The bus suddenly accelerated, jumped the curb and pinned the victim to the guard rail, severely injuring her lower legs."

    The woman, a six-year-employee of the school system, was rushed to Oakwood/South Shore Hospital in Trenton.

    "Unfortunately, she lost both her lower legs," Korody said. "An investigation of the incident is still underway."

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    ODUM, Ga. — A collision between a school bus and a truck in Wayne County has left the truck driver dead and several students with minor injuries.  School District Superintendent Daryl Fineran told WJCL-TV ( that 13 students were hospitalized Monday afternoon after the accident in Odum - about 10 miles east of Jesup in south Georgia.

    The school bus collided with a truck on Odum Highway. Officials say the students' injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening. Police say the unidentified driver of the truck died.

    The cause of the accident was unclear Monday night.

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    Courtesy of:  Decatur Daily (Tennessee) 
    To The Daily: I work for the Decatur City School system and was struck by the story of the Alabama school bus driver who died while trying to protect the students on his bus from the armed kidnapper who consequently killed the driver.

    As I drove home from work this week, a school bus stopped in front of me. The bus driver appeared with a very young and small student and led her by the hand across the street to the safety of her home. Wow. I was impressed, as I am on a continuing basis by the bus drivers I meet as a member of the school system. For years, I have met one after the other of these professional and caring drivers who we trust with our children's safety.

    Bus drivers are a group of people belonging in the "under appreciated" jobs of America category. My thanks goes to them. By the way, when I stopped for the bus driver who escorted the little girl across the street, the driver in the car behind me "honked" impatiently at the bus driver as he hurried back to his bus. 

    Go figure.

    George Hartselle


    Fulton County school officials say several students were taken to a hospital after a school bus accident on Monday morning.

    Susan Hale with Fulton County Schools says the bus was on Fairburn Industrial Boulevard and Roosevelt Highway when it was hit from behind. The accident sent five students from Creekside High School to Peidmont-Fayette Hospital near Fayetteville.

    Hale says the injuries are not life-threatening.

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    By: Lori Jane Gliha

    PHOENIX - Arizona red light cameras captured more than two dozen Valley school bus drivers running red lights between 2010 and 2012, and at least two school bus drivers who ran red lights twice.

    The ABC15 Investigators filed public records requests for traffic citations issued to school district employees in cities with red light cameras. 

    Employees who drove district vehicles in the state’s largest school district, Mesa Public Schools, received the most citations.
    Bus drivers accounted for twenty-four of that district’s red light violations.

    Among the seven districts reviewed by the ABC15 Investigators, bus drivers in the Scottsdale Unified School District had the second highest number of red light citations with six.


    None of the school bus red light violations reviewed by the ABC15 Investigators involved crashes.  However, Frank Hinds, who runs the  non-profit, Red Means Stop , says  drivers who run red lights have no excuses.

    “They’re selfish.  They’re irresponsible.  They’re not paying  attention,” he told the ABC15 Investigators.  “They’re in a hurry, and they  don’t think about the consequences of their actions.”

    Hinds’ daughter, Jennifer, was killed in 1997 when a pickup truck ran a red light.  “When we got to the hospital, she was already in a coma, and they did surgery to relieve pressure on her brain,” said Hinds, recalling the tragedy.

    “I said to her at her bedside that I wouldn’t let this go,” he said, tears welling in his eyes.

    After his daughter’s death, Hinds pushed for Jennifer’s law, which increased penalties for red light runners who injure or kill other people.

    “I think if you’re a school bus driver, you have an added responsibility to be a safe, responsible driver and to be aware of the lives that you’re carrying in your bus.  If you can’t pay attention to what you’re doing – if you  can’t obey the law – if you can’t be a safe driver, then you have no business  driving a school bus, let alone a vehicle,” he said.

    Arizona drivers are not required to have perfect records in order to qualify for a job as a school bus driver.  A driver must, however, qualify for a commercial driver license and a state bus certification.

    Mario Cesar Gomez, for example, was able to become a driver for the Mesa Public Schools, despite a misdemeanor hit and run traffic violation in his history.

    According to the state’s minimum standards for school bus drivers listed in Arizona Administrative Code, a driver must have had fewer than eight “points” on his or her driving record during the twenty-four months prior to applying for certification.

    Gomez’s misdemeanor occurred in 2005.  Mesa Public Schools hired him in 2009.  Ron Latko, the district’s transportation director, told ABC15 the district “probably would not” hire someone with a similar history as Gomez. He said he was not aware of Gomez’s misdemeanor hit and run until the ABC15 Investigators told him.

    “He’s no longer on our staff,” said Latko.  He said the district  provides and requires additional training for drivers who receive traffic  citations in district vehicles.

    Gomez told the ABC15 Investigators he lost his job in 2011 after he ran two red lights while driving a school bus. He was one of two school district bus drivers who ran two red lights in a school bus between 2010 and 2012.  The other driver is no longer listed as a bus driver with the district.

    “I was going in the intersection, but I stopped.  I kind of slowed down because there was a pedestrian crossing,” Gomez explained about one of the incidents.  “It was already a yellow light that was already on.”  “I think I was at fault because when you’re a bus driver, you have to wait for the intersection to be clear before you proceed,” he said.

    Gomez, who is also a grandfather, insisted that his driving is safe and that he understands why other drivers would be concerned about his driving record. “Parents ought to give bus drivers a break because they have a lot of  responsibility – a lot of distractions when you’re driving a school bus,” he said.

    Gomez said he was distracted by figuring out his new route during one of the incidents.  “You’ve got your kids.  You’ve got your traffic.  I had a new  route,” he said.  “When I was driving, I liked it,” he said.  “It was fun to me, and I  liked the kids and everything.”

    State rules also require that a driver “shall not have repeatedly received citations for violation of traffic law” during the ten years prior to applying in order to receive certification.

    Latko said he takes traffic citations very seriously.  “It’s  upsetting.  I take it personally.  I’m a father.  I’m a  grandparent,” he said.

    Latko said his district may have up to 423 buses...(cont'd)

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    VALLEY GRANDE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say four children suffered minor injuries when a school bus and a truck collided in Dallas County.

    The accident happened about 6:25 a.m. Monday on Dallas County 44 at U.S. 80.

    Four students and the bus driver were taken to Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma. Assistant Superintendent Donald Willingham, who was at the hospital, says the injuries appeared to be minor and all are expected to be released.

    County school spokesman David Hagood says the students were on their way to Martin Middle School in rural Valley Grande at the time of the accident.

    Alabama state troopers are investigating the crash.

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville school spokesman says eight students were taken to a hospital after they complained of minor injuries when a city bus collided with their school bus.

    Jefferson County Public School spokesman Ben Jackey says a Louisville city bus struck the school bus Monday morning as it was on its way to Camp Taylor Elementary School.

    Jackey says the bus was carrying 43 children and was not significantly damaged.

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