School Bus, Multiple Vehicle Accident on Apalachee Parkway

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School Bus Crash Safety
by Lanetra Bennett

Tallahassee, FL - School bus drivers say they do their best to make sure that your kids are safe when you send them off to school.

State and local criteria are set up to help ensure that all safety measures are met.

Managers teach bus drivers that their Number One priority is to get kids to school safe and on time.

Aaron Bush, a long-time school bus driver, says, "We train real hard. We stay in class a lot. It's not just coming to work getting on a bus driving it."

Aaron Bush has been driving school buses for 12 years...
But, he never stops learning...
The Leon County School District requires training courses for drivers every month and certain training every year.

Bush says, "It keeps us refreshed on how to handle our job and how to be safe out there on the road because you're not just driving for yourself, but, you're driving for 65 to 80 kids. Also, the people in your surrounding."

Florida public school bus drivers must meet stringent requirements *before* they can transport students...Some qualifications needed are: at least five years licensed driving experience, a Commercial Driver License, and 40 hours of training.

Tallahassee resident Ronald Davis says, "Recently, a lot of kids got killed on a bus. So, I think they need a proper training in different areas. Especially, going through subdivisions. They have to obey the speed."
Bush says they're taught how to avoid accidents... which he says, students make challenging sometimes.

Another Tallahassee resident, Donald Chatman, adds, "They're jumping around, maybe being unruly, having a good time, seeing their friends, not staying in their seats, maybe if they're strapped down, it'd be less of a distraction for the bus driver."

Bus drivers urge parents to teach their kids about behaving on the bus, and they urge other drivers to please stop when they see school buses with the stop sign out and the lights flashing.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - September 27, 2011 - Noon -

TPD Traffic Crash Update:

This morning at approximately 7:21a.m Tallahassee Police responded to the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Sutor Road to a traffic crash involving six vehicles including a Leon County School Bus.

Eleven children, who were on the bus were transported to local hospitals for minor injuries. The remaining children were placed on another bus and taken to their respective schools.

In addition, two other drivers were transported to the hospital- Ms. Gloria McRae and Ms. Latrina Massey were taken for minor injuries. The driver of the school bus, Ms. Beverly Gunn, was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - September 27, 2011 - Noon -

A slide show is attached above. Click on the "Photos" tab to view.

Eleven elementary students and one driver are hospitalized after a bus crash on Apalachee Parkway.

The Tallahassee Police department says there were only minor injuries, but video of the accident makes it look far worse.

The accident happened at about 7:20 this morning. Several vehicles were involved in the crash. The driver of a flattened SUV was extracted by the fire department, but police say he received only minor injuries.The other drivers involved walked away without injury. It's unclear exactly how many cars were involved.

Traffic was re-routed by police for a couple of hours at Apalachee Parkway and Sutor Road because of the mess.

"The preliminary investigation shows the school bus impacted the rear of an SUV, which caused a pinball effect of other vehicles striking other vehicles," says Officer David Northway with the Tallahassee Police Department.

The woman driving the bus has been a bus driver with Leon County Schools for 23 years.

The kids on the bus were going to Chaires and W.T. Moore Elementary schools.

Right now, we don't know of any charges in the accident.

Tonight at 5, hear reaction from a grandparent of three of the kids on the bus.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - September 27, 2011 - 11:10am

Following the accident off of Apalachee Parkway and Sutor Road that involved a bus and multiple vehicles, some of the children on the bus were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. All of the children that were taken to TMH have been released, according to Chris Petley with Leon County Schools.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - September 27, 2011 - 8:45am

The accident off of Apalachee Parkway and Sutor Road is between a Bus and multiple vehicles.

Some children have been taken away in ambulances but the extent of their injuries is unknown. At this time we do not know the age of the children, or what school they go to.


Tallahassee, Florida - September 27, 2011 -

There is a traffic crash at Apalachee Parkway and Sutor Road, according to the Tallahassee Police Department. Officers are just arriving on scene at this time. Apalachee Parkway is closed in both directions. More information will be forthcoming.

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