LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - News 18 investigates what precautions are in place to keep children safe.
"In a roll over, which is the crash that transportation directors fear the greatest because of the lack of restraint systems in most buses, it usually causes the most physical damage to passengers," Lafayette School Corporation transportation director Jim Scroggin said.
Fortunately that wasn't the case Thursday as an LSC bus carrying 12 people including five students crashed on the interstate. The bus rolled over, injuring a number of people on board but none of those injuries were life threatening.
"In this case I think the minor injuries was due to the fact that this was a special needs bus," Scroggin said.
LSC transportation director Jim Scroggin said special needs students typically have safety restraint requirements. Some restraints go over the shoulder while others go across the lap like a seatbelt.
"It is law. All of those students were restrained either in what we call a "star seat" or a vest," Scroggin said.
In addition to safety restraints Scroggin said LSC bus drivers and aids go through CPR, first aid, and bus safety training. Before the bus leaves the lot drivers do a full inspection.
Scroggin said parents should be reassured that school buses are safe, with or without seatbelts because of their high center of gravity.
"I think our accident yesterday, as tragic as it was, proves that the yellow school bus is a very safe vehicle even under those extreme circumstances," Scroggin said.
All safety restraints involved in Thursday's accident will be thrown away. Scroggin said reusing the equipment could jeopardize the safety of students.
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