BROOKLYN, New York — A motor vehicle accident involving a school bus at the height of rush hour on a Monday morning left fifteen people injured. The bus crash happened just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Lynch Street and Lee Avenue. The intersection is located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. According to an article appearing on the news website amnewyork.com, representatives from the Fire Department of New York said that the crash occurred between a passenger car and a school bus. All fifteen individuals injured in the crash were reportedly students riding on the school bus. However, the representatives from the Fire Department of New York would not verify that information. The investigation into the reasons for the crash is not complete.
According to a news report by CBS New York, the children riding on the bus were described as special needs students. A nurse was at the scene and examined all of the children riding on the bus. Authorities determined that each child should be transported to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation and treatment for their injuries. The severity of the injuries to the children is not known. Additionally, it is not known whether any of the children were hospitalized.
The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) said New York is one of only two states which have laws permitting safety cameras on the buses to catch unlawful passing of the school bus and mandatory seat belts on school buses. Both laws work together to increase safety for the children while riding that bus and while walking near the vehicle.
School buses are extremely safe. Statistics show that a child is 70-times more likely to arrive at school safely when taking the bus instead of other modes of transportation. Additionally, only six students die on average each year in school bus crashes. Of course, one child dying is one too many, but considering that 2,000 children die in motor vehicle accidents while riding in other modes of transportation, riding on a school bus is statistically much safer.
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