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Bonney Lake, Washington – Car Crashes Into School Bus in Hit-and-Run

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Posted on November 10, 2019

Bonney Lake, Washington (November 8, 2019) –  car crashed into a school bus on State Route 410 at Elhi Hill Road on Friday morning. While the school bus was occupied by elementary school students at the time, no one was injured in the incident. The car which caused the incident fled the scene.

According to the Washington State patrol, the crash occurred before 7 a.m. A black SUV rear-ended the school bus and fled the scene. The Washington State Patrol is currently looking for more information on the vehicle, which they believe to be a Chevy Trailblazer with right, front-end damage. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to provide information to the Washington State Patrol.

About Vehicle Accidents

It is fortunate that no one was injured in this incident. School buses are among the most well-known means of transportation. From the American School Bus Council, an estimated 480,000 yellow school buses provide transportation daily in the United States, with a figure of 25 million elementary and secondary school children riding these buses. According to injury facts from the National Safety Council, school buses actually provide a the best means of safe transportation, and is much safer than the two alternatives, which is by walking or riding in a car. However, it does not mean accidents cannot happen. In 2017, school bus-related crashes were responsible for 95 deaths across the nation. According to the statistics, however, 70% of the deaths involved in the crashes were occupants in other cars, with 17% of the victims being pedestrians such as in this case. Only 6% of the victims were passengers of the school bus, 4% were school bus drivers and the smallest percentage of deaths was 3% with pedalcyclists. We can gather from these facts that school buses are generally safe for those passengers and drivers, and fatalities usually involve someone else on the street.

To make the streets safe for everyone, we urge all drivers and pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings and follow traffic regulations at all times. Aside from that, another way to ensure safety is to check that one’s vehicle is fit for the road. And in case of any incident, wearing seat belts can minimize any damage received. These simple steps can prevent any undesirable loss, damage, injuries or fatalities on yourself and for everyone else around you.