Fortunately, there were no injuries from two separate Charleston school bus crashes that occurred Thursday, February 18, in Charleston county. The first accident involved a school bus traveling from Oakland Elementary School and two trucks on US-17. Luckily there were only two people on the school but, the driver and one student. No one on the school bus or in the two trucks was injured in this accident.
The second wreck involved a Charleston county sheriff’s deputy and a school bus carrying students from Academic Magnet School and the School of the Arts. The accident happened at 4:24 p.m. at the intersection of Winborn Street and Dills Bluff Road in James Island, after the school bus driver allegedly failed to yield to the right of way. The deputy was taken to the hospital but was cleared that afternoon. The school bus driver was charged with failure to yield to the right of way.
School bus drivers have to constantly be alert when driving in order to prevent accidents. This can be a difficult task due to the amount of children on the bus, the noise on the bus, and the size of the bus. According to the Student Transportation Safety (STS) nearly 25 children are killed in school bus accidents each year. The STS also reports that typically in an automobile accident the people occupying the automobile are the most severely, if not fatally, injured due to the large disproportion of size.