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A student was struck this morning by a bus as she was trying to walk across the cross walk. 

It happened around 7:30 this morning when a Bullard High School student was trying to get to school. 

Fresno Police Officer Joe Sacca said the bus was heading eastbound on Browning and was making a left turn on Palm. 

"We do believe from some independent witnesses that the student was in the right of way."

Sacca said the bus driver had just dropped off students at the high school.

"We're still talking with the driver of the bus to try to find out exactly what occurred."

Police said the female student sustained minor injuries to the face and hands and was transported to a hospital.

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Nine students around the nation, including one in Wyoming, died at or near school bus stops in 2011.

The horror of that death and the number of drivers who disregard rules involving buses stopped for students has prompted a
Wyoming legislative committee to consider ways to increase safety.

Initially, the interim Joint Education Committee will work from a new Iowa law that increases penalties for failing to heed school bus warning devices. In addition, lawmakers expressed interest in equipping all Wyoming school buses with cameras that can capture images of violators.

Work on a proposal will begin this summer, with a bill possibly going to the full Legislature next year.

The discussion on school bus safety is being driven by students and staff members at Fremont County School District 6.

On Dec. 20, 2011, a district student _ 11-year-old MaKayla Marie Strahle of Crowheart _ was struck and killed as she crossed a highway after getting off a school bus that had its flashing lights activated. The driver of the vehicle was convicted of several misdemeanor charges, including homicide by vehicle.

Diana Clapp, superintendent of the school district, said a dozen students have been working hard to research the safety issue and come up with solutions. Clapp and several students made a presentation on Monday to the Joint Education Committee in Casper.

"This is tied to a tragic loss of a young girl in our school and community and their classmate and friend," Clapp said Wednesday. "But I believe they did a good job in addition to that personal testimony looking to see what other states are doing and how it would apply across the state."

The district has installed cameras on six school buses to record vehicles that illegally pass _ an action called a drive-by or

Clapp said the rural district, which encompasses about 1,300 square miles, includes about 400 kindergarten through 12th grade students, and many rely on school buses for transportation.

"Students on the road is a big issue for us _ either on buses or driving themselves to and from school," she said.

In addition to tougher penalties and bus cameras, Clapp said she'd like to see safer practices involving unloading and road crossings made standard across the state.

Wyoming, which has been tracking fly-bys since 1999, counted 297 in one day in 2011-12. Over the entire school year that figure could have reached an estimated 52,000 violations, said David Koskelowski, program manager for traffic safety and pupil transportation with the state Education Department.

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services estimated that more than 16 million illegal school
bus passings occurred in 2012.

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Some lawmakers want to shift inspections to a new department, and that move could derail a bill that closes a loophole regarding buses with chronic problems.

DES MOINES -- Most Iowa lawmakers agree that changes need to be made to the state's system for inspecting school buses, but it's unlikely a bill will pass this year because they can't agree on what should be done.

A bill that would help close loopholes in the inspection system by requiring buses with serious problems to be re-inspected before returning to service passed the Iowa Senate on a 46-2 vote.

At least 99 school buses in Iowa have been found to have the same problems in consecutive inspections over the past five years. And Iowa school vehicles that carry fewer than 10 children aren't required to undergo safety inspections.

Some lawmakers now want to shift bus inspections out of the Education Department and into the state Transportation Department, and that move could derail the legislation, the Des Moines Register reported.

Republican Rep. Kevin Koester, of Ankeny, said school buses should undergo the same inspections as commercial vehicles, even if the revised bill can't be passed this year.

"I am not in a hurry to pass a bill that's not that adequate," he said. And the Education Department can make some changes to the inspections without a new law.

But former lawmaker Mike Cormack, who works for the Education Department, said moving the inspections would only delay needed improvements.

"It's careless and reckless to do lawmaking on something as important as the safety of children in the waning days of a legislative session," Cormack said. "The best thing would be to take the more well-vetted legislation and send it to
the governor's office."

Koester said moving inspections to the Transportation Department should save school districts money.

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As his mother watched in horror, Haven Lee Norton screamed as a school bus  rolled over him Monday morning.  “Then he went silent,” said Shannon Norton, Haven’s mother.

The driver of the Springtown (Texas) school district bus didn’t hear her son as she drove over him, killing the 10-year-old, Shannon Norton said.  She told her son to cross in front of the bus, as he did every morning, while the lights were flashing and another child was getting on the bus, she said.  

“I saw him slip,” Norton said. “He hollered, but [the bus] started rolling and [the driver] had taken her foot off the brake. He tried to get out of the way. He hollered, and I hollered.”

 The Texas Department of Public Safety is still investigating the accident. Evidence at the scene showed the boy was apparently struck by both a front and rear tire, said Trooper Gary Rozzell, a DPS spokesman.  When the accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. at 121 Hilltop Meadows, between Springtown and Azle, it was already light, Norton said.  The bus driver usually had her window down so she could communicate with parents and children, but the window was rolled up Monday morning.
“If she had her window down, she would have been able to hear,” Norton said.  “I put my kid on that bus in her possession. It’s her job to protect my children and she took my child’s life because she wasn’t aware of her surroundings.”
Rozzell said the bus driver “stopped the bus and activated the lights” as she stopped to pick up another child across the street.
“The boy came up beside the bus as she deactivated the lights,” Rozzell said. “The bus started to pull forward, and the boy couldn’t get out of the way, and was struck.”  At the time, there were four children and another bus driver on the bus,
Rozzell said.

Haven, a fourth-grader at Springtown Elementary School, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Driver placed on leave
The bus driver, whose name wasn’t released, voluntarily submitted to drug and alcohol testing afterward, which is school district policy, Rozzell said.  She has been placed on administrative leave, said Springtown school district Superintendent Mike Kelley.
“It’s standard operating procedure to place the driver on administrative leave and evaluate the situation — see where she is emotionally,” Kelley said. “I’d have a hard time knowing when I’d want to come back.”

Kelley described the driver as “a wonderful lady” who’s had a good driving record as a bus driver.  “She’s done a great job for us the last two years,” Kelley said. Counselors were at the school Monday and will return Tuesday. Several ministers volunteered to help, and six area school districts offered counselors, Kelley said. Kelley said this was the first fatality that he knew of involving a Springtown school bus.

‘He loved going to school’ Norton said her son had been riding the bus for the last two weeks because one of the family’s cars had broken down. His 7-year-old sister also rides the bus but she stayed home on Monday, Norton said. She had recently met with school officials who reported that Haven had “caught up” to his fellow fourth-graders after moving to Springtown from Florida
last September. “He loved going to school, he loved his classmates,” Shannon Norton said. Norton said her son was also involved at Country Cowboy Church in Bridgeport, where their family worshipped. “He knew Jesus, he loved the outdoors, loved to fish with his Papi and his uncles and he loved to play with his uncles and his cousins,” Norton said. “He was just an awesome child.”
Before living in Florida, the family had resided in California. His mother plans to have a memorial service locally, but will have his remains cremated so she can eventually take his ashes to California. “He loved Texas, but he grew up in California,” she said. “California is his  home.”
Investigators checked the bus to see if the lights and brakes were working properly and found no issues. It was released back to the school district. Rozzell said.
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Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Clay County Sheriff's Office confirm that a Pataula Charter Academy school bus was traveling along Highway 93, between Fort Gaines and Blakely, around 4:15 Tuesday afternoon.

Four miles South of Fort Gaines, the bus driver was negotiating a curve, lost control of the bus, went off of the shoulder into a ditch and hit a culvert where it came to a rest. Officers confirm that no drugs or alcohol were consumed nor was the crash the result of the driver using a cell phone.

The bus contained eight passengers, seven students and the driver. Four victims were transported by EMS , two by life flight to Tallahassee Memorial Trauma Center for further treatment. The bus driver is stable, but is still in Pioneer Hospital in Early County. The fatality, a 10-year-old child, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Reconstruction Team, the GBI Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team and the Clay County Sheriff's Office.


Pataula Charter Academy confirms that a bus was traveling along Highway 39 in Clay County, between Fort Gaines and Blakely, when an accident occurred.

Seven students from Pataula Charter Academy were aboard the school bus at the time of the accident.

Multiple people were injured and brought to the hospital for treatment.

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A 10-year-old who died in a south Georgia school bus accident has been identified as Jordyn Doughtie.

Clay County Sheriff Roger Shivers tells WALB-TV ( eight people were injured in the accident Tuesday afternoon near Fort Gaines. Authorities say Doughtie and another girl were sitting near the front of the bus and were ejected during the accident on Highway 39.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The bus was carrying students from Pataula Charter Academy and grief counselors were slates to visit the school Wednesday.

Fort Gaines is about 55 miles west of Albany, near the Alabama border.

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TIFTON, GA -- First Update (3/28/13)

Sergeant B.F Williams with the Georgia State Patrol says that the school bus was driving north on Wiley Branch Road when a large dog stopped in the road in front of the bus and wouldn’t move. The bus tried to go around the dog but was too close to a
ditch on the side of the road and the rear of the bus went into the ditch, struck a culvert, and then went airborne. This caused students to rise out of their seats and injure several of them. The bus then drove onto the road to a point of rest and stayed there until a trooper arrived on scene.

According to Carlton Allen, the transportation director with the Georgia Department of Education, only one child stayed overnight at Tift Regional Hospital and was released this morning.

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Georgia State Patrol confirms that a school bus with students ran off of a dirt road this afternoon.

At this time they say multiple students were taken to a hospital and that the incident happened on Wiley Branch Road just before 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

FOX 31 is working on getting more information on the condition of the students and if any charges will be pressed against the school bus driver.

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COLLINGDALE (PA– A young girl waiting for a school bus was struck by a car on Springfield Road this morning.

The accident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Springfield and Clarendon Roads, Police Chief Robert
Adams said.

Bystanders were tending to the injured child when officers arrived at the scene. The victim was conscious, but bleeding from her mouth and crying, Adams said. She was transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia by ambulance. Her condition was unavailable.

The driver of the striking vehicle, a 63-year-old woman, was transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital by Briarcliffe Ambulance after suffering chest pains, according to Adams.

Several witnesses were interviewed by police at the scene. Springfield Road was closed for about 45 minutes after the crash.

The incident remains under investigation by Cpl. Mark Finley. Darby and Aldan police assisted at the scene.

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The state Superior Court has reinstated all charges against a Lake City man who was accused of recklessly killing one teen and injuring another in a Route 97 school bus stop crash in 2011.

The appeals court, overturning a 2012 ruling by Erie County Judge Shad Connelly, said there was enough evidence for the prosecution to argue that the defendant, Tyler Festa, 20, acted with criminal recklessness.

Based on its review of the evidence, the court found Festa should have been prepared to stop when he encountered children crossing the dark highway to board a school bus, which had not yet stopped moving but whose driver had activated its yellow caution lights.

The court also found that Connelly erred when he ruled there was not enough evidence to prosecute Festa on a charge of simple assault because Festa was not operating his car in a manner calculated to cause death or serious bodily injury.

"It is evident that the vehicle ... was used in a manner that caused serious bodily injury and death," the court wrote.

With the ruling handed down Friday by a three-judge panel, Festa again faces a felony charge of homicide by vehicle, misdemeanor counts of involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault, and a
summary count of reckless driving in connection with the death of 13-year-old Ashley Clark and the injury of Taz Gianelli, then 17, on the morning of Dec. 20, 2011. The two were struck as they crossed Route 97 to board the Fort LeBoeuf
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LAVEEN, AZ - Video from inside a school bus shows just how long  a  4-year-old boy with special needs was left
, and overlooked,  after being taken to school last week.

The surveillance footage was obtained Wednesday by ABC15, and it shows Floyd Smith left on the bus by himself for 11 minutes.

Jennifer Ponce said her son, Floyd Smith, got on the school bus around 11:30 a.m. April 22 to attend the preschool program at Laveen Elementary School.  The video shows the bus on the way to the bus school yard after it left Floyd's school. The 4-year-old fell asleep and never got off, overlooked by both the bus driver and bus aide.

After about six minutes of being left alone, Floyd can be seen in the video, poking his head around a seat and appearing confused.

"At one point, he gets up and looks around and is clearly bewildered by the fact he's alone on that bus," said  Rudy  Resendez Jr ., the family attorney.

After several more minutes, a third school worker can be seen entering the bus, spotting Floyd, but not getting the boy any help. Instead,  the employee walked to the back of the bus and continued working.

"T  his employee, unfortunately, did not remove him from the bus but went about his business of putting the car seats 
into the other seats in the bus," said Resendez.  About five minutes later, the worker got off the bus and went to  get another
employee to help the young boy.

"I  think it clearly shows more training is necessary," said Resendez.

“It’s hard to imagine that someone would leave a child on the bus for even a split second or forget about him,” said Ponce.

At 1 p.m., the school left Ponce a voicemail informing her that her son never  arrived to class, 30 minutes after class started. Around 1:26 p.m., she received a second voicemail saying her son had been found after being left on the school bus.

Ponce said her son is in special education for speech and other problems and unable to provide any answers himself.

In a statement, the school district spokesperson Karen Menge said:

We take the safety of our students very seriously. We immediately started a thorough investigation into this incident. 
The transportation employees involved were placed on administrative leave. All transportation employees have been reminded of their responsibilities and the requirement to follow all procedures without exception. 

We have and will continue to review our transportation procedures to ensure a safe delivery of our students. 
Menge told ABC15 the district policy states transportation workers are supposed to inspect the bus for any children before
workers get off.

Menge said the school district has approximately 2649 students in the district that are eligible to ride a bus

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