[Barstow, CA] – Matthew Loper Killed in School Bus Crash on National Trails Highway and Hodge Road
Matthew Loper Fatal Bus Crash on National Trails Highway in Barstow
October 22, 2020 – Matthew Loper, age 35, was killed Thursday morning. Furthermore, he died in a head-on crash involving an occupied school bus on National Trails Highway and Hodge Road.
According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 8:00 A.M., Riverside Prep School Bus and a 2020 Nissan Sentra collided head-on. Additionally, the reason for the accident is unknown.
However, the driver of the Nissan was found dead. Also, the 12 students on-board remained uninjured.
Afterward, officials closed off Route 66 for several hours while they investigated. Finally, anyone with information is asked to call CHP dispatch at 760-241-1186.
Information About School Bus Collisions
School bus crashes killed 117 people nationwide in 2018. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school bus accidents killed 117 people nationwide in 2018.
A school bus-related crash is defined by NHTSA as any crash in which a vehicle, regardless of body design, used as a school bus is directly or indirectly involved. Also, this includes incidents involving schoolchildren getting in or out of a car.
From 2009 to 2018, about 70% of the deaths in school bus-related crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus, and 17% were pedestrians. Moreover, about 5% were school bus passengers, 4% were school bus drivers, and 2% were pedal cyclists.
Of the people injured in school bus-related crashes from 2008 to 2018, about 36% were school bus passengers, 8% were school bus drivers, and 51% were occupants of other vehicles. Subsequently, the rest were pedestrians, pedal cyclists, and others or unknown.
Characteristics of school bus transportation
According to the Schoolbus Fleet, an estimated 471,461 yellow school buses supply transportation services daily in the United States. Besides, about 25 million primary and middle school children ride school buses to and from school every day.
Subsequently, this compares to projections from the U.S. Department of Education of K-12 enrollments in Fall 2018 of about 57.2 million public school students and 6.7 million private school students.
Finally, school buses are the best choice for transporting kids to school, safer than both walking or riding in a car. In addition, NSC supports the adoption of lap restraints and shoulder belts to make them even safer.
To the family and friends of Matthew Loper, we cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, and our sincerest condolences go out to you.
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