Three school bus accidents in one afternoon

Rules showing when drivers should yield the right-of-way to school buses.

LOGAN – Three separate school bus accidents Thursday afternoon, is prompting Cache County Sheriff’s deputies to ask motorists to drive with caution. The accidents occurred in Paradise, Newton, and Millville.  Lt. Mike Peterson said in each incident, the driver of the other vehicle failed to yield or stop, resulting in a collision with the school bus, and all were cited with traffic violations.

“You know the roads still have a little bit of snow built up on them and ice built up on them,” said Peterson.

“With the cold temperatures, that’s hard to remove,” said Peterson “So it’s something we still have to be conscious of and even though it’s not actively snowing, people need to realize that the road conditions can still be a little bit dangerous.”

Two of the three buses involved were transporting students. There were no injuries reported at any of the accidents.

Peterson reminds drivers to slow down, especially during times when school buses are dropping off or picking up students at bus stops.

“You need to be prepared for when that bus turns on its lights, that you’re stopping for it and yielding the right-of-way to the bus and to the kids that are coming on and off the bus,” said Peterson.

“When you see the yellow lights turn on, that’s the indicator that the bus is preparing to stop and you should be doing that same thing,” said Peterson. “When the lights turn red and most of the buses have a stop sign that actually comes out from the side of the bus and also flashes red. That means that any on-coming traffic or traffic behind has to stop and yield the right-of-way to the bus and to the kids.”

Peterson said it’s not about traffic rules; it’s about safety for the kids.

Ed Crookston is a driver trainer with the Cache Transportation Department that provides bus service for both Cache County and Logan school districts. He said he has never seen three accidents in one day, in a one hour period.

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