On June 9, 2013, six school buses taking some two hundred middle school students to Six Flags crashed in Newton County, Georgia. The accident left more than 50 people injured.
As a result of the accident, one of the bus drivers, Angela Anthony, 44, from Midville, Georgia was air lifted from the scene of the crash on westbound I-20 to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Her injuries are listed as serious.
In all, a total of 50 other people were taken to Newton Medical Center for complaints of injury. The crash happened south of Social Circle and east of Covington at the 98-mile marker on I-20.
As the buses slowed down, one bus struck the rear of another, which spurred a chain reaction of crashes among the other buses. A passenger car that was behind the last bus was also involved in the crash.
Emergency personnel from Newton and Morgan counties, the State Patrol, and the cities of Covington and Social Circle responded to the accident. The accident is being investigated.
On June 7th, four people suffered minor injuries in a crash on a downtown traffic circle in New Jersey.
Brianna Goring was driving west on Route 12 around 6:54 a.m., when she lost control of the 2005 Dodge Stratus. Her car spun into oncoming traffic and collided with a Hunterdon Central High School bus.
The bus driver was taken to Hunterdon Medical Center for back pain, and two of the 23 students were also treated at the hospital for minor injuries. Goring received minor cuts on her hands and forearms from shattered glass, but she refused any medical attention. She was issued a summons for careless driving. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
Also on June 7, 2013, police and emergency crews responded to a call in City Heights in San Diego. A SUV collided with a school bus carrying dozens of students.
The crash occurred sometime around 12:30 p.m. at 47th Street and El Cajon Boulevard. Three of the children aboard the school bus were taken to the hospital because of aches and pains.
The driver of the SUV was attempting to make a last-minute left turn when it collided with the school bus. No other injuries were reported.
Every year in the U.S., an average of 131 people are killed in school bus accidents, and about 19,000 people are injured.