Philadelphia, PA – Three Hospitalized When School Bus Plows into Car at 52nd St and Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA (September 20, 2022) – Multiple people were moved to an area hospital after a school bus was involved in a crash in West Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 20th.
According to officials, the school bus slammed into an SUV at the intersection of Spruce Street and 52nd Street at about 6:00 a.m.
Three high schoolers and the bus driver were on board the bus which was heading to Dobbins Technical High School when the crash occurred. All four were transported to a local hospital in unknown conditions.
Two occupants of the SUV were also hospitalized with unspecified injuries. to a local hospital for unknown injuries. Others were treated on the scene.
Surveillance video obtained by Eyewitness News shows the SUV driving through the intersection when it’s hit by the bus and slams into the side of a nearby vacant building.
At this time, there is no official word on what caused the impact.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
School Bus Accidents in Pennsylvania
Records maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation show that more than 40,000 licensed school bus operators carry over 1.5 million students to and from school and school functions across the state every year.
PennDOT’s most recent completed data set indicates that, in 2018, over 300 school buses were involved in collisions with more than 150 of them resulting in some degree of personal injury. Roughly 100 of those accidents involved at least one other motor vehicle such as a truck, car, motorcycle, or even another bus.
From 2010 to 2014, 18 people were killed in school bus accidents in Pennsylvania.
School bus operators provide an invaluable service and are tasked with the care of some of our state’s most precious cargo. In truth, a school bus is 70 times more likely to get children to school unharmed than a passenger vehicle. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has stated that school buses are actually the safest vehicles on the roadway. Despite this, crashes involving school buses can and do happen.
School bus accidents can arise from operator negligence, but it is much more common for the driver of the other vehicle to be at fault.
If you or your child were injured in a collision involving a school bus, the law in Pennsylvania allows you to pursue damages for economic and non-economic damages related to your injuries in civil court. A severe injury can be a life-changing event that causes financial and emotional distress along with physical pain.
At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, our attorneys are here for you after you have sustained serious harm in the event of a personal injury accident. We will stand by your side every step of the way as you navigate the complex Pennsylvania legal system.
Please do not hesitate to contact a Pennsylvania school bus accident attorney by calling (215) 731-9900 for more information on how we can help you.
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