What to expect if your child's in a bus accident

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News 12 This Morning

September 9, 2013

AIKEN CO., S.C. (WRDW)--It was a scene for 16 Aiken County middle school students last Tuesday morning when, on the way to class, their school bus was involved in an accident--creating a terrifying moment for the families of those children who got a phone call with the news.

Raising the question--what happens if your child's bus ever gets into an accident?

Maria McClure, Executive. Manager of the district's transportation department, says there's a plan in place for if that ever happens.

"We have a roster that the students and it has their name, phone number, address, birth date," she explained.

So, if you have younger children, make sure they know all of that information. Consider storing it in a cheat sheet in their backpack

"And, in the event we have an incident or accident where the child can't communicate with us, we have seating charts for our buses and all students are assigned a seat," said McClure.

Luckily, these students escaped with only minor injuries. But as a precaution, all 16 were taken to the hospital.

"EMS is always contacted and if a student complains of any type of injury, then we do transport them," McClure explained.

And in such a terrifying situation, McClure says it's vital that students stay safe and calm.

"If we have an accident, of course there's not a lot you can do to prepare for that," she said. "But, that's one reason why it's so important for students to stay seated on the bus and sit in their assigned seats."

She says she's just grateful things went smoothly for these children.

"Thank goodness we didn't have any serious injuries or anything," she said.

There were four vehicles involved in that accident and South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the accident.

McClure also says learning your child's route number and the name of the bus can help in emergency situations. To find that info, just click the link below.

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