On Sunday, we present Unspoken Sorrow to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services at their annual conference. This is a special conference; this year they celebrate 50 years of conferencing. As we do for each major conference, we have prepared a website … Continue readingAnd We’re Off… Kansas City, Here We Come
Nathan DeYoung of Leander, Texas made a disastrous decision this week to drive around a barrier and disobey warning signs after flooding struck the area. The daschcam video is harrowing!
There are a couple of people who questioned my motives in telling the story of the bus crash. The questioners are not intimately involved in any aspect of what happened on April 10, 1997, nor are they people who know much about me. Those who … Continue readingStories, Obedience, and… Profits
This week saw another milestone: it’s now been 21 years since the Monticello school bus crash I write about in Unspoken Sorrow. This last year has been remarkably healing. I think the opportunity to talk to others from this new perspective has helped. Today, though, I’d … Continue readingAnd, Now, 21 Years Have Passed
The single most impactful event in school transportation history took place in Carrollton, Kentucky on May 14, 1988, when a school bus and a pickup truck collided. The driver of the pickup was impaired, making this the deadliest crash involving drunk driving and the third … Continue reading1988 Crash, Historical Perspectives 4 of 4
In 1976 a bus chartered to carry the Yuba City High School choir to a concert in a neighboring city drove off a ramp while exiting the freeway. The brakes failed due to lack of air pressure, with the inexperienced driver thought the low air … Continue reading1976 Crash, Historical Perspectives 3 of 4
On September 17, 1963 an illegally converted vehicle (a flatbed trailer converted into a bus) collided with a freight train. Though this was not a school bus collision, the aftermath led to developments in the school bus industry. The crash took place in Chualar, California, … Continue reading1963 Crash, Historical Perspectives 2 of 4
As we near the end of May, we see the sun shining and feel more carefree. Children are excited for summer vacation to start. Some students have already completed the school year. But, there are still schools in session and many classes are taking field … Continue readingThe End of the School Year