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North Creek, Washington – Bus Strikes A Child, One Injured

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Posted on April 8, 2019

North Creek, Washington (April 5, 2019) – An eight year-old child sustained minor injuries after a school bus struck her at the Kokanee Elementary School on Friday. She was conscious and alert when medics and officials found her at the scene. She was also treated on the site and did not need to go to the hospital for further treatment.

According to the preliminary investigation the privately-owned school bus was picking up children from after-school care when it had a mechanical issue and got stuck in reverse. The bus then backed into a car, jumped the curb, and struck the victim before coming to a stop. he bus was occupied by the driver and eight other children, all of whom were examined and found out to be uninjured. The investigation and response team came from the Snohomish County Fire District and Snohomish County Sheriff’s office.

About Vehicle Accidents

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.