School bus crashes up for no obvious reason

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This school bus was rear-ended Monday morning while picking up Northwood Elementary School students. Nine students and the driver of the other vehicle were all taken to North Okaloosa Medical Center for treatment afterwards.

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 01:21 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A sharp increase in the number of school-bus-involved crashes in Okaloosa County is raising eyebrows and concerns as officials struggle to tackle the issue.

Since the beginning of December, 11 school buses have been involved in crashes and none of them was caused by a bus driver, according to Jay McInnis, the district’s transportation director.

Prior to then, the district had only five buses struck by other vehicles this school year.

“It seems like every week we have a bus accident and we’re all just scratching our heads asking, ‘What on earth is happening?’ ” said Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson.

In the latest crash, which occurred at about 7:40 a.m. Monday, a Northwood Elementary bus was at a stop at Mount Olive Road when it was struck from behind, according to Deputy Superintendent Kaye McKinley.

Nine students were taken to the emergency room, but all had been treated and released by mid-afternoon.

View a list of all the crashes.

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