A collision between a bus and a tractor-trailer on March 14, 2012, injured 21 children and killed the truck driver. According to WHP-TV Channel 21 News, the accident happened at 2:30 p.m. on Route 281, near Rockwood, Pennsylvania.
A Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District bus was returning students and two adults from a field trip to a vocational and technical school in Somerset, Pennsylvania. A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police, Steve Limani, says that the driver of the tractor-trailer crossed over the median and collided with the bus head-on. The truck driver was killed instantly and was declared dead at the scene of the crash.
Those who were injured on the bus were taken to several different local hospitals to receive treatment for injuries sustained in the crash. Their injuries ranged from minor, with patients being treated and released, to more serious cases. One woman remains in critical condition, while several other people are listed in fair condition.
Data from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shows that 31 percent of all tractor-trailer accidents are caused by driver fatigue. The agency added that just because a driver is not yawning doesn’t mean they aren’t fatigued.
The accient reamins under investigation. If you have any information please contact the Pennsylvania State Police.