Answers sought in school bus crash that killed Georgia teen

AP Photo/Times-Georgian, Ricky Stilley
Emergency crews stand outside a Temple High School bus that overturned on Hwy 113 between Temple and Carrollton, Ga., Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. Authorities say the bus ran into a ditch and rolled over, killing at least one person and sending another 12 to hospitals.
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 5:48 AM
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TEMPLE, Ga.  — Investigators are trying to determine why a school bus ran off a rural west Georgia road into a ditch and overturned, killing one student and injuring 13 others.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said 17-year-old James Rashawn Walker of Temple was pinned under the bus Monday afternoon and was pronounced dead at the scene.

School officials said the bus was on its way from Temple High School to a vocational school when the accident occurred on Highway 113.

Student Brianna Barger was on the bus during the crash. She said she suffered cuts and bruises and needed 10 stitches.

The Rev. Greg Drake, pastor of Abilene Baptist Church, said he witnessed the accident and went to see if he could help the injured.

"When we got down there, there was one person with a broken leg who was hurting on the inside, and there was another woman that had blood all over her face. Another person said that there’s a person under the bus, and when I looked, it was just his legs there," Drake said.

"There was a bunch of people just crying, just laying on the ground crying. Just chaos. I knew it was kids. It’s just sad that a child has to lose his life that young. It’s not easy."

He said people at nearby Deeper Life Christian Center also helped the crash victims.

"We just tried to pray with the kids and do what we could do," Drake said. "A lot of the kids were scared."

State Patrol Sgt. Justin Howard said the driver, 59-year-old Kenneth Ross Herringdine of Roopville, was a trainee and that an experienced driver was on board teaching him.

Elena Schulenburg, a county schools spokeswoman, said most of the injured were taken to hospitals in Carrollton, Bremen and Villa Rica where they were listed in "good" or "fair" condition.

Scott Cowart, superintendent for Carroll County Schools, said the bus was a 2010 model and had been through inspection at the beginning of the year.

Friends described Walker as a talented artist with a bright smile.

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Cadence
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Cadence 10/05/10 - 07:12 am
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Is it true that there are no

Is it true that there are no seat belts on school buses? If so, why not?

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 10/05/10 - 07:13 am
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This is terrible. I can't

This is terrible. I can't imagine sending my kid to school and him not coming back. The article states that this was a driver trainee. When we get an update, I'd like to know if this driver was alone or being supervised by an experienced driver.

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Little Lamb 10/05/10 - 07:21 am
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Study after study have shown

Study after study have shown that seat belts on buses cause more injuries than they prevent.

csrareader
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csrareader 10/05/10 - 07:55 am
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There are no school buses

There are no school buses with seat belts. How can there be a meaningful study?

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pommom38 10/05/10 - 09:08 am
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Cause more?? How is that?

Cause more?? How is that? You're strapped in, can't go anywhere versus not strapped in and you hit the ceiling, the floor, out the window you go, etc.
I'd also like to know how they conduct studies on this and get their data. When most injuries occur, it is because of being tossed around like rag dolls, or in this poor kids case, being thrown out.
My deepest condolences to this kids family, can not fathom the pain and sense of loss.

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
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The reason buses do not have

The reason buses do not have seat belts is because if the bus is in a accident and ends up under water, how is a bus driver going to release all 60 children? Second case. A bus stalls on a railroad track and a train is coming. Can all 60 or 70 children get out before the train hits?

Unfortunately you cannot prevent every possible scenario. There is a safety system built into the seat. That is why the backs are so high.

I imagine the student who died was not sitting properly in the bus. It is hard to tell if you were not there and do not know about all of the safety features of the bus.

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Rolling Eyes 10/05/10 - 01:14 pm
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As I understand it, the bus

As I understand it, the bus rolled about 3 times. After the first roll nobody is sitting properly.

My condolences to the family of James Rashawn Walker.

Cadence
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Cadence 10/05/10 - 04:34 pm
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So sad to lose a child. It

So sad to lose a child. It just isn't right.

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bus driver 10/05/10 - 08:03 pm
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Children like to fight with

Children like to fight with each other you add seat belts it becomes a weapon & then children end up with heads split open.

A bus can burn in less than 3 minutes. How is a driver suppose to say who's life is more important than the next.

All the school bus drivers that I know that have had their routes for more than 1 year become attached to the kids. They become their kids.

I know in Col. County If there is a trainee driving then there is an experienced driver riding with the trainee.

My prayers are with everyone that was on that school bus & James Rashawn Walker's family.

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
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The original article I

The original article I responded to said nothing about the bus rolling 3 times.

The original comments were about seat belts.

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 10/05/10 - 09:13 pm
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Tisk, they update over the

Tisk, they update over the course of a day. The update answers my question.

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