The morning commute can be a headache for some in Pennsylvania. But, residents usually reach their schools and workplaces without much incident. Yet, it only takes one wrong move by an impatient driver to cause a devastating collision. This was the case recently as a school bus driver was killed.
One person is dead, another has suffered serious injuries and a teenager is lucky to be alive after a tri-axle truck rear-ended a school bus. The incident took place in Derry Township on Route 22.
The school bus stopped in the westbound lane of traffic to let a student board the bus. The bus had its yellow warning lights flashing as it reduced its speed. According to police, the driver of the truck, hauling a load of stone, was tailgating behind the bus when it collided into the rear of the bus.
A 17-year-old student was just about to get on the bus when the accident happened. She was uninjured. Unfortunately, the force of the collision caused the bus to crash into a four-foot tall median and ejected the 54-year-old school bus driver from her vehicle, despite the fact that she was wearing a seat belt. The school bus driver died because of the injuries she suffered in the crash. The truck driver was hospitalized, and is said to be “conscious.”
The posted speed limit at the area where the accident occurred is 55. After striking the bus, the truck went hurtling into a modular home. The truck also spilled diesel fuel in the collision.
Accidents, such as this, serve as a sobering reminder that no one can predict what the future will bring. One can take every safety precaution possible, drive as defensively as possible, yet no one is immune from truck accidents.
This woman’s family is grieving their loss, and now must figure out how to move on with their lives. Those who have been injured or the families of those killed by negligent drivers may want to take the necessary steps to determine whether they are able to take legal action.
Source: Tribune-Review, “1 dead, 1 injured in Derry Township bus-truck crash,” Paul Peirce & Dillon Carr, April 10, 2017