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October 2, 1987
A school bus carrying 78 children collided with a truck on U.S. 101 just north of Soledad, injuring an estimated 32 people, none seriously, the California Highway Patrol reported. Officers said the bus was carrying the children, between the ages of 6 and 12 years, from the Soledad Unified School District when it collided with a Chevrolet Suburban truck.
October 5, 1989
Responding to parental protests, the Bassett Unified School District will reinstate several school bus routes it eliminated last summer to cut costs. The board said it will spend an additional $150,000 per year to lease or buy two more buses. In June, the district consolidated bus stops and eliminated several routes to trim its $450,000 transportation budget. Parents complained that the action endangered their children by forcing them to walk along busy streets and through unsafe neighborhoods.
January 15, 1993 | Reuters
Police Thursday fired tear gas and plastic pellets into a bus carrying about 80 schoolchildren, apparently mistaking them for university student protesters, witnesses said. Some of the children, ages 4 to 10, were overcome by the gas and taken to the hospital at Venezuelan Central University, Simon Munoz Armas, rector of the university, said. He said there had been student protests earlier in the day at the university. A board member of the University Employees Assn.
December 12, 1996 | JENNIFER LEUER
School bus service at 22 stops that were to have been eliminated Jan. 6 will continue for now, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District officials decided this week. Nearly 200 parents and students attended the Board of Education Tuesday night meeting to oppose the plan. In past years, the district has offered bus service to students who are within the district-approved walking distance from schools. But those seats are now needed for new students who live farther away, officials said.
Eleven schoolchildren suffered minor injuries Wednesday when a school bus plowed through a Solana Beach shopping center parking lot, careened off a parked van and then crashed into a video store. The bus driver, Robert Wykowski, 39, and a man standing next to the pickup that was hit by the van, Jerome K. Jones, 65, were taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla. Jones, of Rancho Santa Fe, was treated and released, said Edith High, a hospital spokeswoman.
January 27, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch
Major automakers are readying a wave of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles for consumers, but one local school district is already taking advantage of the technology. The Ventura Unified School District unveiled a $200,000, state-of-the-art, plug-in hybrid electric school bus Tuesday, the first in Southern California. The bus will start hauling students this week and replaces a polluting, 1977 model. The bus, built by the IC Bus subsidiary of Navistar Inc., is powered by a lithium ion battery pack and is expected to improve fuel economy up to 30% and reduce emissions up to 40% over a conventional gasoline-powered school bus. Michael Chiacos, transportation specialist with the Community Environmental Council in Santa Barbara, believes the bus will do even better, improving fuel economy more than 60% compared with a traditional school bus. "The bus reflects our commitment to being a green school district as we ensure safe and healthy learning environments for our students," said Trudy T. Arriaga, superintendent of Ventura Unified School District.
April 1, 1986 | Associated Press
Three children received minor injuries Monday when their school bus driver apparently suffered a fatal heart attack and the bus crashed into a tree, officials said.
January 2, 1986 | United Press International
More than 600 unionized school bus drivers set up picket lines today, forcing 26,000 public school students who ride the buses to find other transportation to classes.
March 11, 1998 | Associated Press
A freight train struck a school bus at a crossing early Tuesday, killing two brothers and injuring three other children and the driver, authorities said.
October 27, 2010 | By Rick Rojas and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The school bus in which 21 people were injured when it flipped on its side after being broadsided by a speeding BMW in Boyle Heights is among hundreds of buses transporting students in the Los Angeles Unified School District that are not equipped with seat belts. The school bus is a reflection of the district's aging fleet, in which two-thirds of the buses still lack restraints, according to district figures. Since July 2005, school buses built to carry more than 16 passengers have been required to have three-point seat belts ?
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