QUEENS, NY- According to Patch.com, three separate accidents involving school bus crashes took place in Queens on Monday, November 5, 2018. The accidents all took place within one hour, between 8 and 9 in the morning.
The first of the accidents occurred in Jamaica Estates. Five people were hospitalized after the crash. The second accident occurred in South Ozone Park. And the third was in Briarwood.
The weather was rainy on Monday morning and potentially played a part in the collisions. Investigations into the cause of the crashes are still ongoing.
When school bus accidents take place, it often makes the news. However, these crashes are relatively rare, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), children are much safer riding school buses to school than they are taking any other means of transportation. In fact, the NHTSA says that the chances of students arriving safely at school are 70 times higher if they take a school bus.
School buses are safer both because of their design, as well as because of laws that are meant to protect students. School buses are painted yellow to make them highly visible to others on the road, and they come with safety features like flashing red lights, stop sign arms and cross-view mirrors. School buses also have high crush standards, protective seating, and protection in rollovers. Laws also work to keep students safe by making it illegal for drivers to pass school buses if the bus is in the process of picking up or dropping off students. Despite the laws and the design of school buses, the riskiest time for students is when they are getting on the bus or off the bus.
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