Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:45 AM

ONE YEAR LATER: HAVE SCHOOL BUSES GOTTEN SAFER SINCE THE WOODMORE CRASH?

Gallery: Woodmore Elementary School bus crash, a year later +3 more photos POLL: Should seat belts be required on school buses? No Yes Submit Results No: 50.00% (5) Yes: 50.00% (5) Total Responses: 10 A year after the deadly Woodmore Elementary School bus crash, some community members feel the safety changes that were promised haven't been fulfilled - or at least not as robustly as they had wished. On Nov. 21, 2016, 25-year-old Johnthony Walker crashed a bus carrying 37 children on Talley Road in Brainerd. The bus veered off the road and collided with a utility pole, overturning and crashing into a tree. The roof of the bus collapsed inward, nearly touching its floor. Six children died and dozens were injured. Walker faces six counts of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. His trial is set to begin Feb. 27. After the crash, the Hamilton County Department of Education and contracted bus operator Durham School Services both committed to making policy and safety changes, including hiring more bus monitors, adding more cameras, and implementing a feedback management system. As part of the changes, independent contract drivers took over all four Woodmore bus routes. Durham and the district say ...

News source: Times Free Press

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