Slick Roads Blamed for School Bus Accident

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Even with much of the recent snowfall melting away, the icy conditions are still causing problems on the road.

Now, authorities are blaming those slick conditions for an accident involving a school bus full of students.

The news of the accident on a slippery road didn't take long to sweep across town.

So when Jessica Riley who has an eight-year-old kid, heard about a school bus accident that sent one student to the hospital, she decided to take her daughter to school herself.

"Sometimes it kind of makes you sit back as a parent and think, 'can you safely put your child on a bus and then trust the schools that they made the right decision,'" Riley said.

A decision that Marietta Schools' Transportation Manager, David Davis, helps make anytime there's a question of whether or not to have school.

"We can't cancel school every day. We've been on a lot of two hour delays, and we should probably expect some more two hour delays," Davis said.

About 1,500 students just in the Marietta District ride a school bus each day, and the main goal is to make sure they all get off the bus safely.

"They all love kids or they just couldn't do that job. They just couldn't do it without loving kids," Davis said. "Every morning when it's like this, just slow down and take your time. I'd rather have you late than have a problem."

As for Riley, it's not that she doesn't trust the drivers. It's just that when it comes to her child on riding on slick roads, she trusts herself more.

"I'd rather sit with my daughter in a vehicle that's zero degrees than have her get on a bus when there's multiple slick spots on the roads," Riley said.

Those riding on that bus were a combination of middle school and high school students.

Officials say the driver of the pickup truck was cited at the scene.

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  • by Tom Location: Colorado on Feb 4, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    School buses are not required to have seat belts because of the principle of "compartmentalization". The seats are designed to keep children in the seat area in the event of an accident. Compartmentalization works much better than lap belts alone, because lap belts without shoulder belts can cause serious spinal injury because you bend over double in a crash. So school districts should NEVER put lap-belt-only seatbelts into school buses. There are downsides to putting in lap and shoulder belts. Decreased capacity is one, since only two belts per seat can be fitted. No more "three to a seat" in school buses with lap/shoulder belts. The other issue is cost. Bubba the Bus Mechanic cannot just bolt on lap/shoulder belts because they must be securely fasteneed according to federal law. This means that typically, all of the bus seats must be removed and replaced with new seats which have lap/shoulder belts, at a cost of $100's, or buying new buses.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    My comment is that if the children would have had seat belts on they probably wouldn't gotten hurt this law does not make sense to me that if you are riding in a car you must wear a seat belt but not on a bus, but the driver has one on. that does not make sense to me. Where is the safety for the children?
  • by Monica Location: Marietta on Feb 3, 2009 at 04:55 PM
    well i ride that bus and as soon as i heard that the bus wrecked i started to walk up the street and i was scared that my friends would have gotten hurt
  • by HarmarHill Resident Location: Marietta on Feb 3, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    MCS has never in the years I attended or lived here (graduated in 82)had a 1 hr. delay, if it had remained the 2hrs. giving salt trucks ample time to get out this might have been avoided. It happened shortly before the 1 hr. delay was to expire, salt trucks weren't in this area until 9:13a.m. (exactly), if it was the 2hr. delay the roads would have been treated and less slick.
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