If there’s a book you wanted to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
In the twenty years between the crash and the publication of my book, I studied school transportation. I made it a part of my job to research crashes and compare and contrast them to our crash. It helped to dull the shock of each of those crashes, and it made them somehow more meaningful in my mind.
I couldn’t always do it. Some of the days were too busy or I sometimes needed to not think about crashes. But, for the most part, I was a researcher.
And what I found was that the crashes were astonishingly the same. Some of the facts differed – sometimes the bus driver was at fault, sometimes the equipment was bad, etc. But the aftermath took a definite pattern.
Seeing the pattern meant that I had gained some wisdom our industry could benefit from.
So I wrote the book and started sharing the story.