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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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Not Guilty: Driver in Chester County Bus Crash Enters Plea

We blogged recently about the indictment of Christina Mathis, the school bus driver accused of overturning a bus in Nashville. Mathis was charged with 35 counts of aggravated assault and one count of felony reckless endangerment due to the Nov. 18 rollover accident, which injured 35 of the 48 students onboard, four of them critically. Investigators say that Mathis was speeding when she struck a guardrail on the way to a Beta Club convention at the Opryland Hotel. Mathis recently entered her plea: not guilty on all counts. Would Students Be Safer from Rollovers If Buses Had Seatbelts? School bus seat belt regulations have become a popular subject for debate in Tennessee after the deadly Chattanooga bus crash, which killed six students last year. In April, legislation passed the Tennessee Transportation Committee that would require all new school buses to come equipped with safety restraints. But do seat belts make…
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Did the Bus Driver in the Chester County Crash Get Charged?

In November of 2016, a Chester County school bus driver caused a bus accident that led to her bus rolling over. Nearly two dozen students suffered varying degrees of injury, with three injured critically. The bus driver has been incarcerated since the accident. She was recently indicted on 35 felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felony reckless endangerment. An investigation into the accident found that the driver was driving too fast as she exited an interstate, where the posted speed limit is 40 miles per hour. The driver lost control, traveled off the ramp into gravel, engaged the brake and turned in the opposite direction. The forces caused the bus to strike a guardrail and flip over. Of the 48 people on the bus, 35 were injured. Bus Accident Lawsuits in Tennessee Generally speaking, when a bus accident occurs, lawsuits will name the…
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