On Tuesday morning, a Western Massachusetts school bus accident injured seven children when the bus was rear-ended by another vehicle. The traffic accident occurred around 8:30am in the town of Longmeadow.
According to the Longmeadow police lieutenant, the bus was en route to Curtis Blake Day School in Springfield and had stopped at a red light on Converse Street, then began to move again when it stopped suddenly to avoid hitting a pedestrian still in the crosswalk. The vehicle behind the bus rear-ended it. The bus driver and the people in the car were not injured, but all seven children were taken to Bay State Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.
According to the Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services, almost half a million Massachusetts students ride school buses each year and accidents are rare. Most bus-related injuries occur with pedestrians who are entering or exiting the bus.
Sources: Seven children injured in W. Mass. school bus crash, Boston Globe, October 5, 2010
School Bus Safety Fact Sheet, Mass.gov
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