It's been a dangerous week or so to be an SAISD bus driver. As an alumna of that school system, I'm most surprised that the danger isn't coming from kids.
On Tuesday, this happened:
School Buses Collide; Driver Dies
Martinez's sudden loss of control of the wheel might have been caused by a medical emergency. She had passed the required annual physical exam for drivers in August.This is one of the pictures from the story:
Martinez was headed north with five students on Foster Road around 7:30 a.m., when she lost control and drove onto the median near Candlemeadow.
The bus entered the southbound lanes, collided with a Judson Independent School District bus carrying 59 elementary school students and then jumped a curb.
Martinez wasn't wearing a safety belt and was flung onto the steps near the bus door, said Lt. Jose Trevino of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. With nobody at the wheel, the bus came to a stop only after running into the backyard fence of a house.
It is apparently not much of a drop there, thank goodness. There are other, much higher, places along I-37; I'm really glad it happened so close to downtown.
Of course, when my best friend told me of this wreck in a text message, I thought absolutely the worst. SAISD's busses do tend to have seat belts, but they're typically not used. In this case, they were. Everyone survived, and it seems the worst injury was a broken ankle. I'm sure the fact that only three people were on the bus at all helped too.
District officials have been quick to tell us that school bus accidents are rare. While they're right, I'm still starting to wonder if maybe bus drivers don't need hazard pay even when they're not carrying kids from Sam Houston.