In Tampa, FL, fire rescue staff members simulated a school bus crash as part of a training for first responders and to show students how to survive and escape. As part of the training scenario, fire rescue staff and a local towing company flipped a school bus onto a car. The bus was on it’s side but not flush to the ground.
In the training, students were told that when exiting, they would have to avoid stepping on the glass windows, which could break and cause injury. Instead, they were told to step on the metal portions of the bus or on areas that can hold the weight of a person. Students were advised that if the bus was equipped with seat belts to make sure they were secure. In buses without seat belts, the students were urged to stay seated.
Students were also told to look before exiting and watch for traffic once outside the bus. They were instructed to go to a safe place away from the accident and to stick together so they could be accounted for by a school official.
All school districts should have a seminar each year on this subject – even though they might not have a bus or car to crash as an example !!