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Riviera Beach, Florida School Bus Collision Injures Five Students

A Riviera Beach, Florida school bus collision injured five students earlier this week, reports indicate. The accident allegedly involved a vehicle rear-ending a school bus. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available following the crash. The students sustained minor injuries; it is unclear whether either driver was injured. Police are currently investigating the crash and have not yet filed charges. It is unclear whether any of the victim’s families will file for damages.

Reports say the school bus takes children to Inlet Grove High School, located on West 28th Street in West Palm Beach. The bus was carrying high school students at the time of the accident. So far, Inlet Grove High School has not commented on the crash or the injured students.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 7:25 Monday morning. The bus was transporting students to Inlet Grove High School when it came to a mandatory stop at a pair of railroad tracks on Old Dixie Highway. A car traveling behind the bus allegedly failed to stop and collided with the rear of the bus. Five students aboard the bus sustained minor injuries; it is unclear whether they were hospitalized or treated at the scene.

A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed there were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related accidents between 2001 and 2010 in the United States. The NHTSA defines a school transportation-related crash as “a crash which involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.” According to the NHTSA study, around 18 school students die in these types of accidents every year: six while riding in school buses, twelve while walking or biking to school.

Unfortunately, this was not the only area accident involving children recently. A Boca Raton girl was struck by a car while crossing a road on Wednesday, reports say. Sources indicated that girl is around 13 years of age; she sustained minor injuries in the collision and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Information regarding the driver’s identity was not immediately available following the crash. Police launched an investigation into the crash and determined the driver was not at fault, sources indicate.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 8:15 Wednesday morning at the intersection of Southwest First Place and Lyons Road in West Boca. The victim attempted to cross Lyons Road, though it is unclear whether she was using a crosswalk. Judging by the time, the girl may have been headed to school. A black Lexus traveling southbound on Lyons Road struck the victim as she crossed the street.

Paramedics said the girl sustained scrapes and had pain in her hip; they took her to the Delray Medical Center. An update on her injuries was not immediately available, and as of now it is difficult to determine whether the victim will suffer from any long-term effects due to the crash. The Lexus driver remained on the scene and cooperated with a police investigation. Detectives preliminarily determined that the driver was not at fault in the accident; no charges or citations will be filed.

Sources: 4.22.13 Riviera Beach School Bus Collision.pdf, 4.25.13 NHTSA School Bus Crash Statistics.pdf, 4.24.13 Boca Raton Crash.pdf.

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