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Students and Staff Hurt in Simmons Elementary Bus Crash

The school district said five students and two staff members were taken to the hospital after an accident Tuesday morning.

Several students and staff members suffered non-life threatening injuries after a school bus struck a transport van at Simmons Elementary School Tuesday morning.

Ambulance crews transported two district staff members and five students to the hospital for further evaluation after they complained of pain, the Hatboro-Horsham School District said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

According to Horsham police Lt. Bill Daley, the bus "drifted" approximately three feet and struck the rear of the parked van in the school’s drop-off area at 8:45 a.m. What caused the bus to drift forward remains under investigation, he said.

The district said that 24 students were on the bus and seven were on the van. One student was boarding the van with the assistance of a staff member when the strike occurred.

EMS crews and the school’s nurse evaluated the injuries on the children and staff involved in the incident. The school said that “administrators and educators responded swiftly” to the scene.

“We appreciate the quick response from Horsham fire and police departments, as well as from our nursing staff, focusing on the safety and well-being of the students and staff. We are grateful that no one was seriously injured in this incident,” Principal Karen Kanter stated in the release.

Parents whose children attend the Babylon Road school were alerted of the accident via an alert, the district said.

Matthew December 05, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Does this district outsource? The First Student company uses 75 year old drivers. One of them recently drifted and killed someone parked on the side of the road.
Tom Sofield December 07, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Hi Matthew, To my knowledge, Hatboro- Horsham uses district drivers and buses. Several other area districts like Central Bucks, Lower Moreland and Bristol Township use First Student. In Bristol, the district has had dozens of problems this school year due to the service First Student has provided. Here is more on the issues in Bristol: http://levittown.patch.com/articles/bristol-township-district-we-re-responding-may-run-own-buses-in-future
swelldoggy December 09, 2012 at 01:21 PM
School bus driving is generally for retirees who just want a part time job. It is a 20 hour a week $14 an hour job which requires training and a cdl licence. Very few people who are young and need a full time job to support their family can afford to train for weeks for a part time job

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