On April 25th, a major accident between a school bus and a passenger vehicle left 5 people in Omaha, Nebraska– including at least one student– injured. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon at 63rd Street and Ames Avenue. The bus was driving eastbound on Ames and turning left on to northbound 63rd when the 2007 Hyundai Sonata, traveling westbound, struck the school bus.
According to Sgt. Chuck Casey who arrived on-scene, the Sonata was traveling “at an extremely high rate of speed.” The crash occurred at 4:31 in the afternoon. According to witnesses who saw the accident, at least one victim appeared to be pinned under the vehicle after the crash. The Hyundai struck the bus near its rear wheel. Debris was strewn across the intersection. When police arrived, they reported that the Hyundai’s front half had been torn apart.
There were only three students on the school bus at the time of the crash along with the driver. One student suffered minor injuries while all four individuals in the Hyundai were taken to the nearest hospital. A 16-year-old passenger in the vehicle that struck the bus suffered from a broken pelvis, police said. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
The school bus, operated by contractor Student Transportation of America, was dropping off two students who lived nearby and attended Millard North High School and Horizon High School.
School bus accidents, while rare, can be devastating due to the larger size and weight of a school bus. School bus accidents, of course, also place our children at risk. This accident could have been much worse if more students had been on board the bus or if more vehicles, for example, had been involved. All drivers need to be cautious when near school buses and need to remember to slow down when a bus is nearby–especially if they are approaching an intersection.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious car crash involving a driver who may have been negligent, you deserve peace of mind. Contact Welsh & Welsh to be paired with an experienced Omaha, NE car accident lawyer who can help you identify the cause for your accident and help protect future victims being injured in the same way.