School bus and truck crash

Chesterfield, NJ
February 16, 20120

On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 9:30 am EST, the NTSB Board will meet to consider a Highway Accident Report regarding the following:

On February 16, 2012, a school bus transporting 25 students was traveling northbound on Burlington County Road 660 through an intersection. At the same time, a Mack roll-off truck with a fully loaded dump container was traveling east on BCR 528, approaching the same intersection. As the school bus proceeded across the intersection, the truck collided with the left rear of the bus. The crash killed one student on the school bus. Five students were seriously injured, 10 students and the bus driver sustained minor injuries, and nine students were uninjured. The truck driver was not injured.

The Board will also be hearing information regarding a crash that occurred in Port St. Lucie, Florida on March 26, 2012 in which a school bus was hit by a truck-tractor semitrailer. As a result of the crash, one student passenger was fatally injured, four sustained serious injuries and twelve others were transported to the hospital. Due to the similarities between the Port St. Lucie, Florida and Chesterfield, New Jersey crashes, school bus occupant protection issues from both crashes will be reviewed and the Board will consider possible recommendations to improve school bus safety nationwide.


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