One person was injured in Kenosha County Friday morning following a crash that involved a school bus filled with students. According to an article by NBC, the crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Highway C west of Rt. 83 in Trevor, Wisconsin and involved a vehicle and a school bus.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s office released preliminary information about the crash to media saying that a vehicle rear-ended the school bus.
“No students were reported injured in the crash, but the driver of the vehicle was ‘seriously’ hurt, officials said,” the article reads. “It was not clear how many students were on the bus at the time of the crash.”
Following the crash, Highway C was closed in both directions so authorities could investigate the incident.
In school bus crashes over the last couple of decades in the United States, fewer than 10 percent of school bus occupants have had any injury and 90 percent were not injured at all, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The occupant most frequently injured is the bus driver since that seating position does not have the same passive occupant protections that passenger seats have, such as flexible and padded seat backs.
Sixty percent of school bus fatalities involve non-bus occupants. Small vehicles do not do well in a crash with a big yellow bus or any other big vehicle, and should be driven accordingly, the FMCSA reports.
In 2015, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, an 8 percent increase from 2014. Although the number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 26 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009, the 2015 number is still 18 percent lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005.
From 2014 to 2015, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 1.7 percent, from 0.138 to 0.140.
There was a 34 percent decrease in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses between 2005 and 2009, followed by an increase of 20 percent between 2009 and 2015. From 2014 to 2015, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses increased by 5 percent.