School bus crashes up for no obvious reason

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

The type of accident also varies, he said.

They’ve had buses rear-ended, side-swiped and t-boned. They’ve even had a driver back into a school bus passing behind their driveway, McInnis said.

Transportation officials in neighboring counties said accidents involving buses are always a concern, but they haven’t experienced an extraordinary amount so far this year.

In Walton County, for example, only two school buses have been struck by another vehicle this school year, according to Jim Hicks, the transportation director for the Walton County School District.

“I just think folks are just preoccupied with something else besides driving,” he said.

The bigger problem for them right now is the number of drivers passing school buses loading and unloading students. In fact, the issue has become such a concern that Walton County deputies are frequently following school buses in unmarked vehicles trying to spot violators, he said.

Jackson said that’s an issue they’re also looking into in Okaloosa County.

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