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Highway Accident Brief​: School Bus Roadway Departure

Executive Summary

​About 3:37 p.m. Pacific daylight time on Thursday, April 24, 2014, a 2012 Blue Bird 78-passenger All American school bus, operated by the Orange Unified School District in Anaheim, California, and occupied by a 24-year-old male driver and 11 students, aged 12–14 years old, was returning children home from the El Rancho Charter Middle School. The bus was traveling northbound in the 6500 block of Nohl Ranch Canyon Road in Anaheim. The posted speed limit was 35 mph, but the bus was traveling at a video-estimated speed of 43 mph when it left the roadway.1 The weather was clear, and the roadway was dry.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Anaheim, California, crash was the driver’s loss of consciousness, resulting in his loss of control of the school bus, which departed the roadway and collided with a light pole and trees. Reducing the severity of passenger injuries in the area of maximum intrusion was the proper use of the available lap/shoulder belts by the student passengers seated in this area.

Accident Location: Anaheim , CA USA Orange County
Accident Date: 4/24/2014
Accident ID: HWY14FH010

Date Adopted: 10/11/2016
NTSB Number: HAB1606
NTIS Number:  

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