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NTSB’s Hart Discusses Tennessee School Bus Crashes

Christopher Hart of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently discussed some lessons the organization has learned from recent high-profile bus crashes. The organization has issued recommendations based on these lessons. Hart spoke at the National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation conference in November about the devastating 2016 Chattanooga school bus crash, which killed six children and injured many more. Hart’s recommendations after investigating that crash were to increase monitoring and investigation of driver records. This is due to the fact that the driver in that accident, Johnthony Walker, had received several complaints from concerned parents about his unsafe driving habits and yet, he was still allowed to drive. Hart also discussed the 2014 school bus crash in Knoxville that resulted in the deaths of three children. That crash happened because the driver was texting while driving and crashed into another school bus. The NTSB has recommended since…
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Updates on School Bus Seat Belt Laws in Tennessee

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is calling for a federal mandate on seat belts for school buses. The call comes in the wake of the devastating Chattanooga school bus accident in 2016, which killed six and injured over one dozen children. Cohen has long been an advocate for seat belts on school buses, a mantle he took up in the 1990s. Seat Belts on Buses Earlier this year, a bill passed that would require all school buses purchased after July 1 to have seat belts. But Cohen thinks this isn’t enough. He says that arguments that school buses are already safe enough have been eviscerated by studies done in California, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas and Missouri. Those studies said that compartmentalization of seats was not adequate to protect children in the event of side impacts or rollovers. Three-point seat belts, though, would. The major argument against seat belts, others have argued,…
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MTA Bus Accident Leaves 14 Injured in Nashville

In mid-June, an MTA bus traveling near Rosa Parks and I-65 north of downtown crashed into a car that was turning left. A total of 14 people were injured, five seriously enough to need immediate care, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department. At the time of this writing, the nature of the injuries has not been released, though the MTA reported that none of the injuries were life-threatening. What to Do After a Bus Accident Metro buses are massive vehicles that weigh tons and transport large numbers of passengers. Many buses do not come equipped with safety restraints, and often passengers ride them standing up, their only means of self-protection the hand rails above. So, when a bus is involved in a collision, often the result is injury, whether from falling down, being hit by flying objects or hitting a part of your body on a part of the…
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