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A look at school bus safety one year after fatal crash involving CCSD bus

Posted at 7:46 AM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 11:45:46-04

It's been one year since a grandmother was killed in a crash with a Clark County School District school bus.

Dozens of children were also injured in the incident.

Police say that the woman who was killed when her car went underneath the bus. The students were injured when the school bus flipped. The woman's granddaughter was also badly injured.

More than 130,000 students ride to school in buses every day in Clark County. The district has a fleet of more than 1,700 buses covering 1,600 routes.

RELATED: Contact 13 investigates deadly school bus crash 

Since October, there have been more than a dozen school bus crashes. One of the most recent was in March near Desert Inn and Eastern. A bus carrying special need students collided with a pickup truck. Thankfully, there were no injuries.

According to data obtained by Contact 13, CCSD school buses were in 545 crashes in 2016/17 school year. Many of those were very minor with a side mirror scraping another bus or tree branch. School bus drivers were found to be a rault in just over half of all incidents.

RELATED: Dozens of CCSD buses already involved in crashes

To help keep your kids safe, the district tells us a new state law will require seat belts on any new buses the district buys next year. And the distr requires all drivers involved in a crash to take a refresher defensive driving course.