NEW YORK – According to Pix.com, eight people are hurt following a collision that occurred on the Long Island Expressway on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The crash took place in the eastbound lanes at approximately 8:30 in the morning. One of the victims sustained severe injuries, but none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
A mini school bus was one of three vehicles said to be involved in the accident.
Reports indicate that children are among those injured in the crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the safest vehicle on the road is a school bus. Statistically, between 4 and 6 children die annually on school buses or other forms of school transportation vehicles. However, thanks to stringent safety standards for school buses, students have a 70 times greater chance of making it to school safety when they ride on school buses than they do if they travel to school by car.
School buses are designed to be safer than other buses. Safety features include the color of the bus, which is highly visible to other vehicles on the road, the flashing red lights, cross-view mirrors, and stop-sign arms that the vehicles come equipped with. They also have protective seating, protections for rollover accidents, and high crush standards.
Laws also protect school buses by making it illegal for vehicles to pass buses when students are getting picked up or dropped off.
While large school buses are often not equipped with seatbelts, smaller buses, defined as those weighing under 10,000 pounds, are required to have seatbelts. Larger buses are designed with a different form of safety restraint.
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