School Bus Tips Over After Rear-End Accident In Sullivan County
NBC New York reports that police responded to an accident involving a school bus in Sullivan County. The accident happened on Thursday morning in the eastbound lanes of Route 17 in Sullivan County between exits 112 and 113.
Officials stated that a pickup truck rear-ended the school bus, forcing it into a guardrail, which caused the bus to overturn. The children who were injured ranged in ages from 6 to 17. They were taken to a hospital and later released. The bus driver and the bus monitor also suffered from minor injuries.
The bus was en route from Fallsburg to BOCES at the time of the accident. The driver of the truck did not suffer from any injuries. He was cited for following too closely.
According to the National Safety Council, there were 117 people killed nationwide in school bus accidents during 2018. The NSC classifies a crash as a school bus crash when a vehicle, regardless of body type, that is used for school transportation is involved. These accidents do include children boarding or exiting the vehicle. Between 2009 and 2018, 70% of those killed in school bus accidents were in vehicles other than the school bus. 17% of those killed were pedestrians. 5% of those killed were school bus passengers, 4% were school bus drivers, and 2% were bicyclists. Of those who were injured between 2007 to 2016, 35% were school bus passengers and 8% were drivers. 50% were made up of the people in other vehicles.