School Bus hit by 18-wheeler

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Amame

Opelousas, LA

#1 Dec 4, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families of this horrible accident. This situation has been a disaster in the making for many, many years. The school board should have done something to change the practice of picking up children on a highway, a long time ago. I respect the "yellow" greatly, but would have never expected a bus, loaded with children to be at a dead stop on a highway with fast moving traffic. Everyone is pointing fingers at the poor truck driver. I would imagine that by the time he realized that the bus was stopped and pulling back onto the highway, he did the best he could to minimize the disaster, while traveling at 65 mph. Come on people, give all involved in the accident a break, and let's focus on how we can get involved and make sure that this never happens again!
JUST

Krotz Springs, LA

#2 Dec 4, 2010
i agree with u 100% i mayself has always hated the bus stop there a bus stopping on a main highway isnt a good thing. My prayers go out to the children & the familys.yes i feel bad for the truck driver people think they can stop those big trucks on a dime but they cant. i pray for the truck drivers & his family to he has to live with this too

Since: Jan 10

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#3 Dec 4, 2010
Seriously, breaks lights were on and stop signs were out so your WRONG the bus did the right thing the truck driver does have a big truck but it is him who is surely and completely at fault. He should have slowed and then stopped he didn't see thelarge bus at a stop what was he doing. So I know y'all want to try and have more compassion and understanding than others but your still wrong with your view.
beauty b held in all eyez

United States

#4 Dec 4, 2010
He could see the lights and stop signs and still not have enough time to stop. Not saying the bus driver was wrong in any way, just saying that it isn't a safe practice to begin with. I doubt it will be a problem though, beings most people especially people who live along the highway will be driving their kids to school.....and if they aren't then they should, lord knows I'd be willing to pull IN THEIR DRIVEWAYS to prevenrt this. The bus route would take an hour longer, but the buses could do the same......
beauty b held in all eyez

United States

#5 Dec 4, 2010
Of course if you can't stop in time when you see lights and stop signs, you'll probably plow into the back of someone witha turn signal on too.
beauty b held in all eyez

United States

#6 Dec 4, 2010
I think this is a good idea...I think every morning that the st landry parish sheriff's office or state trooper car should meet up with the bus when it reaches the part of it's route on the highway and I think that they should follow the bus with their lights on until the bus is done with the portion of its route that is along the highway. Maybe the bus and cop car could ride the shoulder of the road. Those blue lights are very very noticable from far far away and people tend to respect the rules and be more catious if there is a cop right there to write them a ticket.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#7 Dec 4, 2010
Hey beauty that is a seriously great idea.
Good idea

United States

#8 Dec 4, 2010
That's sounds good and all but if the sheriffs office is to busy to have a deputy at school do u think one will meet up with a bus.
Opelousas EMT

Sunset, LA

#9 Dec 4, 2010
beauty b held in all eyez wrote:
I think this is a good idea...I think every morning that the st landry parish sheriff's office or state trooper car should meet up with the bus when it reaches the part of it's route on the highway and I think that they should follow the bus with their lights on until the bus is done with the portion of its route that is along the highway. Maybe the bus and cop car could ride the shoulder of the road. Those blue lights are very very noticable from far far away and people tend to respect the rules and be more catious if there is a cop right there to write them a ticket.
That is a good idea but there are alot of buses driving on 1000 miles of roadway in St. Landry Parish. Not to mention there aren't enough troopers are deputies to cover all those buses. They would have to hire many many more and i just don't see where the money would come from. Truth be told, those blue lights are like magnets. More cops are run over than buses hit. A truly logical solution is to have the busses not stop on major highways.
glad2bgone

United States

#10 Dec 4, 2010
Don't forget the Mark Stout Light.(That Stupid bright a$$ white flashing strobe they put on top of the buses.) They passed that law after Buddys Son ran into the back of a Schoolbus and sued claiming the running lights weren't bright enough to see in the fog!

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#11 Dec 4, 2010
Use whatever cops city, parish, state to cover only highway buses or find a volunteer and put big stop lights on it says it makes frequent stops.
beauty b held in all eyez

United States

#12 Dec 4, 2010
Just on 190 for the stops they have to make on 190 not passing through down 190 to turn off of it. Just on the stretch(es) of 190 that they are picking up kids who live right on the highway.
Opelousas EMT wrote:
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That is a good idea but there are alot of buses driving on 1000 miles of roadway in St. Landry Parish. Not to mention there aren't enough troopers are deputies to cover all those buses. They would have to hire many many more and i just don't see where the money would come from. Truth be told, those blue lights are like magnets. More cops are run over than buses hit. A truly logical solution is to have the busses not stop on major highways.
beauty b held in all eyez

United States

#13 Dec 4, 2010
No they could use the same one. And how many schools and a sheriff's officer at each one? No---unass the $$$ for a security guard if you need one at your kids' school.we not talking about school board crap, we are talking about highway safety. If you need a cop at your kids' school home school them----straight up!
Good idea wrote:
That's sounds good and all but if the sheriffs office is to busy to have a deputy at school do u think one will meet up with a bus.

“The Master”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#14 Dec 4, 2010
beauty b held in all eyez wrote:
He could see the lights and stop signs and still not have enough time to stop.
Bull f&*(in sh*&! You mean to tell me that if you are driving down a straight road you can't see a school bus coming up in front of you? I agree with the other things you had to say about it not being safe to stop on a main road such as a highway or interstate. That is very true. However, I don't give a flying f&*( what this guy has to say or ever has to say. He isn't going to sit here and tell me he was paying attention to the road like he was supposed to be doing and a f&*(ing school bus appeared from nowhere. BULLS&*T!! He didn't see in time? Of course he didn't! Wanna know why? Because he was either playing on his phone, playing with his radio, or doing something else he shouldn't have been doing while driving! You can see a bus on that road from the carwash! Don't sugarcoat it! People screw up sometimes and things happen. I'm not saying the guy should fry for it, but he isn't gonna say he was staring straight ahead at the road with complete attention on his driving! Now put that in ya pipe and smoke it!
kathy Sheffield

Whitney, TX

#15 Dec 4, 2010
Pray for the children who were injured. Stop trying to place he blame and fix he problem. Who ever is in the wrong, fix the problem then let the chips fall where they may
Ashamed

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Dec 4, 2010
Are you serious? Do people think before they type? Who cares who is at fault at this time! instead of running y'all mouth and Trying to find someone to blame, get on your knee's and pray for everyone involved!! They need prayers! Let the authority handle the rest!
beauty b held in all eyez

United States

#17 Dec 4, 2010
What is the average stopping distance or time of an 18 wheeler at a speed of 65 mph. Now you tell me if YOU would have enough time from the time that the lights on the bus started blinking and the stop signs on the side flipped out to stop an 18 wheeler going 65 mph. I'll answer for you...no.....going 45 or 55 maybe, not 65. Not so much a matter of visibility but reaction time and stopping distance. Anyway, I read all your posts and I'm your biggest fan but don't start with me because I will embarrass you.
CP Version4 wrote:
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Bull f&*(in sh*&! You mean to tell me that if you are driving down a straight road you can't see a school bus coming up in front of you? I agree with the other things you had to say about it not being safe to stop on a main road such as a highway or interstate. That is very true. However, I don't give a flying f&*( what this guy has to say or ever has to say. He isn't going to sit here and tell me he was paying attention to the road like he was supposed to be doing and a f&*(ing school bus appeared from nowhere. BULLS&*T!! He didn't see in time? Of course he didn't! Wanna know why? Because he was either playing on his phone, playing with his radio, or doing something else he shouldn't have been doing while driving! You can see a bus on that road from the carwash! Don't sugarcoat it! People screw up sometimes and things happen. I'm not saying the guy should fry for it, but he isn't gonna say he was staring straight ahead at the road with complete attention on his driving! Now put that in ya pipe and smoke it!
beauty b held in all eyez

United States

#18 Dec 4, 2010
Shut up b!tch we can talk about what the frick we wana talk about. We hjave said our prayers have sat down and joined hands and bowed our heads me and all the 3 kids who are old enough to pray and we have prayed, together, as a family for the little girl, for the little boy for their families and for their quick recovery and as well as the future safety of any and all kids whether they ride buses or not or whatever, as we always do. WE ARE DISCUSSING PREVENTION.....did they cancel school? Do the buses still run? Exactly so we are talking about it not happening again. You go pray, we'll talk about the problems and how to solve them bossy b!tch thinkin you can tell people what they can and can't talk about. Who or what the frick do you think you are to be telling people "ya'll don't talk ya'll should be prayin"?? I tell you what why don't you go stand in the highway and your big a$$ can cushion the impact next time something like that happens. Or better yet why don't you lay your big fat a$$ in the road and you could be a big speed bump. Now...you wana come on the public topix forum and tell people what they can and can't say some more????......and no I am not sorry.
kathy Sheffield wrote:
Pray for the children who were injured. Stop trying to place he blame and fix he problem. Who ever is in the wrong, fix the problem then let the chips fall where they may

“The Master”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#19 Dec 5, 2010
beauty b held in all eyez wrote:
What is the average stopping distance or time of an 18 wheeler at a speed of 65 mph. Now you tell me if YOU would have enough time from the time that the lights on the bus started blinking and the stop signs on the side flipped out to stop an 18 wheeler going 65 mph. I'll answer for you...no.....going 45 or 55 maybe, not 65. Not so much a matter of visibility but reaction time and stopping distance. Anyway, I read all your posts and I'm your biggest fan but don't start with me because I will embarrass you.<quoted text>
I don't care if it would take 5 miles to stop. If you are paying attention to the road and looking directly in front of you then you see a yellow school bus. If you aren't playing with your tally whacker, texting, or poking at the radio then you realize a few things! Woah! There is a big yellow bus in front of me! It appears to be stopped on the road to pick up kids! Here is the clincher. You ready? This bus, traveling in the right lane, had time to slow and come to a complete stop. Small children had time to walk from where they were standing and board the bus. The driver had time to begin moving forward. Now you tell me how much time it would take for those events to happen. I guarantee you in all that time if you are staring at the road in front of you there is no excuse to slam into the back of it. It is not like the bus slammed on the brakes in front of him and he did not have time to stop! Use your brain woman! There wasn't even an attempted lane change! That means he was distracted, looked up, and *brake slam*. It does not take a genius to figure it out and I will not continue to argue with you about it. I have spoken and when I say something around here you can take it to the bank, roll it up and smoke it, or shove it up your hole and enjoy it. I don't care. Embarrass me? LOL It is good to know that you are a fan though. Would you like a t-shirt? I could make one that says "I "heart" CP4 and mail it to you :)
beauty b held in all eyez

United States

#20 Dec 5, 2010
Yes mail me one. I didn't know all that. I thought as soon as the bus stopped the truck ran into the back of it. I didn't know that it was stopped long enough for kids to get on etc. But anyway, I still think the cops should follow the bus on the stretch of the highway while it is picking kids up who live along the highway. That way the lights would definately get peoples' attention. There was like some sort of study that proved that a pretty high percentage of people subconciously let off the gas and check the speedometer. Next time you see a cop car notice that. That you'll let off the gas even if you are going the speed limit or under. And I think it's funny that people said "more cops get hit and ran over" yeah more cops than average people get shot too. It's because it is their job to serve and protect. If they take pride in their jobs they wouldn't mind following the bus with their lights on. I doubt they would. Furthermore, people said "how we gonna pay them" they get paid already, but you could find a handful that would volunteer their off time to do it. When they get off the night shift or their days off. Just to keep the kids safe. Give me a cop car to borrow and I'll do it. Just need the lights....anyway, hits close to home because even though my kids don't ride that bus, they ride a bus everyday. And when I heard about it I cried. I have a five year old girl. I just couldn't imagine......anyway, as for you cp4, I do not have to embarrass you, you do that yourself. Do you have a girlfriend?

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