North-Central Oklahoma: 7 Injured When Pick Up Truck Collided with School Bus

Savannah Dunn on November 10, 2010

According to the Associated Press, at least seven people, including five students, were hurt when a pickup truck collided with a school bus in the north-central Oklahoma town of Kildare.

The accident happened around 3:35 p.m Tuesday on Highway 77 near Kildare and Pecan roads just north of Ponca City. Troopers say the 1980 Chevy pickup truck driven by Arkansas City, Kan., resident Clifford Barney was traveling south on Pecan Road when it failed to yield at a stop sign and collided with the school bus.

There were 16 middle schoolers on the bus at the time of the crash. OHP said three middle school children, two 13 year olds and a 9-year-old were taken to a local hospital, treated for minor injuries and released. Three other students were taken to the hospital in private vehicles and were released. Miraculously, no other students were injured.

Failure to yield at a stop sign is a very serious issue that can be prevented. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there were 2,450 cars involved in fatal automobile accidents caused by running a stop sign in 2009 alone. Drivers that run stop signs are often in a hurry or just merely assume that no one is coming as they blow through an intersection.  Even worse, some drivers run stop signs without even realizing it until it is too late.

Ways YOU Can Prevent a Car Accident At Stop Signs

  • Always come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
  • Count to three after stopping and check for cars in each direction (not just left and right, but also the street directly across from you).

By taking extra precaution and following the rules of the road, you are one step closer to making it home safely.

Savannah Dunn

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