Every day, we send our kids off to school. Most of our kids are going to ride a school bus. In fact, school buses make 9 million trips every single day carrying 24 million students. This is what makes the next story all the more heartbreaking.
On August 28, 2022 at about 9:00 AM, students from Holbrook High School athletic team were traveling home on their school bus on the I-40 in Northern Arizona. The school bus driver slowed down for a crash ahead and suddenly and without warning, a semi-truck driver rear-ended the back of the bus causing a violent collision. This injured seven people and killed Kara Gordon instantly, a 17 year old student at Holbrook High School.
In the United States, more than 17,000 people are injured every single year from a school bus accident. Some of these are our children. It’s important to remember that more than 500,000 buses are operating every single day on public roadways.
My heart goes out to the Gordon family and the loss of their young daughter. These accidents are becoming all too familiar. In fact, there was just one three weeks ago in Chandler, two weeks ago in Phoenix, last week in St. Louis, five days ago in Ohio, and just this morning in Kentucky.
The next time you see a school bus on the road or even a school van, remember that’s our precious cargo, our children, and I ask you to use a little more caution. I invite you to share this video with other drivers in Arizona. And if you or a loved one has been involved in a school bus accident, feel free contact us at (602) 495-1005.