Child killed in school bus wreck
April 1st, 2011
12:28 PM ET

Child killed in school bus wreck

One child died and several were injured Friday in Bolivar County, Mississippi, when a school bus collided with a tractor-trailer on a foggy stretch of road, officials said.

The bus was carrying elementary-school and high-school students when the accident happened around 7 a.m. Friday, said Cedrick Ellis, superintendent of the Shaw School District, in Shaw, Mississippi.

A "younger child" was killed in the accident, said Dr. J.O. Trice, a deputy county coroner.

Ellis said the bus and a tractor-trailer loaded with gravel collided, causing both vehicles to overturn.

The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol is investigating, Ellis said. It was not clear if the fog contributed to the crash.


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  1. Margroks

    The old argument that"what if the bus goes into a lake and they can't get the belts unfastened" is the same tired argument people used to use toexcuse not wearing a seatbealt in cars. That situation is extremely rare to begin with. AND, even small children CAN be taught to beuckle and unbuckle their belts. It's not a reasonable excuse. Getting the kids out of the bus would be more of a problem than getting them out of their seatbelts.

    Since it's been mandated that cars should have seatbelts and now airbags for many years, there is simply no excuse for not mandating the same thing in school buses. And yes, the Republican agenda will interfere with it, no doubt.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Karen -Pennsylvania

    It sounds like we all have our opinions and I think what I’m hearing is that we have no choice of safety. I would like the government to meet us half way with this. What we currently have in our vehicles would never work for a bus situation for all the concerns listed. What I would like to see the locking end of the seatbelt installed on either side of each child, and the inserted ends with lap belts supplied by parents/children that are capable of using this in an emergency. This would be something that the child would bring on the bus every day. That way, safety IS a consideration and available, no one party is liable, and ultimately it becomes a choice that we have as parents. Just a thought!

    April 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cris

    Republicans will always argue against anything related to health, safety ad infinitum. Comes with their inherent belief that money is more important than any living thing. They are incapable of emotion (excepting perhaps hate)

    April 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. anaeliss

    @Mike you right about the truck drivers health. That should be monitored. And what about highways signs reminding drivers there are school vehicles;buses carrying school kids? You means that truck driver couldn't see that BIG yellow BUS?

    April 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      Well, the article did say it was foggy. And I don't see where it says the truck was at fault. Just being fair.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anya

    Studies have shown seatbelts on most models of school buses would increase injuries and deaths in accidents. Unless someone wants to come up with money to replace all the buses thats a bad idea.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Aubrie

    When I was a child, my bus turned a corner on a rainy day. The roadway had a little loose gravel on it. The bus skidded, rolled over on it's side and slid down into a water filled ravine. The bus was filling with water. The children, including my self, were able to climb on the seats to the high side of the bus and escape through the back hatch and windows. Motorists helped pull us out. Some standing in chest high water out the back door to assist. Now imagine if the children had all been belted in. Many would have been trapped and drown on the low side of the bus. I thank God that we werent wearing seatbelts.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brutus

    And

    April 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mom of 3

    It is obvious that busses do catch fire, my son has a fire drill on his 4x a year! You can't argue wetther or not it happens. I am for seatbelts in busses but, it is impractical. In Ohio you must sit in a booster seat till the age of 8. You cannot have a seatbelt in the same position for a highschool student and a kindergartner....so how are you able to do this? It is a proven fact that seatbelts, when not properly fitting, can be not only dangerous but deadly to children. So is my child going to take his booster seat to school everyday? A bus driver can not monitor that! This is such a terrible tradgedy that this child lost their life, but nobody even knows if a seatbelt would have prevented it.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. smeghead

    @RgTex Who is Kay Sara?

    April 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. conradshull

    The fact is, school bus accidents and casualties are so statistically rare that seat belts are not needed. And, the "if even one life is saved..." argument is almost never a well thought out one. It just sounds good. (Like, try this: "If having a loaded gun in your house saves even ONE life, it's worth it.")

    April 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leader10

    new school buses in new york come with seat belts but you can not make them wear them. try getting 65 kids out of seatbelts when the bus is upside down.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. doug

    this is so sad, and it's too bad that a bad person did not die instead of an innocent child.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James S

    After reading these comments. I think that 85% of you should be removed from the gene pool. You people are pathetic. A child lost his or her life today and all you morons can do is sit around and say that seatbelts on buses will save lives. Really people find something else to complain about. Honestly this is the worst outcry I have ever heard for Seat belts on buses. Take your political and religious comments and keep them to yourselves. I wonder how the parents would feel reading this after they lost thier child today. Think before you post. Or sit at your desk and think of how pathetic your life is. More then likely you have something better to do then sit around and post on CNN all day.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robin

    There should be seat belts on schoolbuses. It makes no sense to have children buckled into a seat in the car and not the schoolbus. There can be some kind of button the driver could push to release the belts in case of emergency. They could also include a feature that would proclude the bus from moving until the belt was secured. I know this would be expensive to install on buses. Do the school systems really care about the safety of our children, or are they too concerned with their pockets. Maybe they should use some of that so called lottery money that is suppose to be going to the schools top pay for it!!

    April 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rick Rickerson

    For those calling for seat belts on all buses: have you forgotten what it's like to be a kid? I want to see you try to force a busload of rebellious, minimally-supervised kids to wear a seat belt. Good luck with that futile effort...

    April 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
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