Idaho Boy Dies In School Bus Crash

By Adam Cotterell

An 11-year-old boy was killed Thursday and four other children were injured when a school bus was hit by a dump truck. The bus was on its way to an elementary school in the town of Kuna near Boise.

The last fatal school bus accident in the state was in 2001 when a driver was killed in north Idaho. That’s according to Steve Grant with Idaho’s Department of Transportation. He says "school bus crashes that involve fatalities are incredibly rare nation-wide and even more rare in Idaho.”

Nationally an average of six children die each year on school buses. ITD’s records show no other fatal Idaho school bus crashes but its records only go back to 1986. An Idaho Department of Education spokesperson says the last student school bus fatality it knows about was in 1969, but says department records may be incomplete.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says school buses are statistically seven times safer than passenger cars. Most school buses, including in Idaho don’t have seat belts but the Safety Administration says because of bus design they aren’t necessary. Some advocates disagree and a coalition of groups lobbies nationally to require seat belts on school buses.
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