Four Drivers at Fault for Bus Wreck that Caused 61 Injuries
The Georgia State Patrol announced recently that four drivers received citations for a bus accident that injured 61 people in Atlanta. The accident occurred on May 19 on the westbound lanes of I-20. Six school buses were involved in the crash that took place in an active construction zone when traffic slowed and the buses were involved in multi-vehicle rear-end collision.
The drivers cited for fault in the accident were three school bus drivers and another driver who was driving another vehicle involved in the crash. The drivers received citations for following too closely. The bus drivers were transporting students and their chaperones from Burke County Middle School. According to local news reports, the students were taking field trip to Six Flags Over Georgia.
While most of the injuries sustained were minor, one of the bus drivers was seriously hurt. It’s a relief that more people were not hurt in the crash. This accident had so much potential to cause devastating injuries. School buses do not usually include seat belts, and children face a high risk of injury when a bus they’re riding on is involved in a collision. Construction zones can also be dangerous places for any vehicle, let alone a school bus that needs lots of room and time to prepare to maneuver swiftly.
I’m not surprised that, after an investigation, the Georgia State Patrol issued citations to four of the drivers involved in the crash. These three school bus drivers have a greater responsibility than other drivers to obey traffic laws and drive safely. Operating a large vehicle that has unrestrained children on board requires extreme caution. The buses should not have been following each other so closely, as they did not have time to stop when traffic slowed unexpectedly.