On Oct. 13, nine students and one adult were injured when a Sodus school bus was rear-ended by a sedan.
The accident occurred at around 4 p.m. on Route 441, just outside the entrance to the Walworth Town complex, near Ginegaw Park.
When the bus came to a stop, the driver of the sedan that was following behind was not quick enough to apply the brakes. The car rearended the bus, causing serious injuries to some of the students, but no fatalities.
In 2014, motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for 11-year olds as well as for people ages 16-24.
While the students are lucky that their injuries were not life-threatening, their conditions were still serious.
Chief now clarifying 9* students taken to the hospital. 10 total including driver that rear-ended bus. Bus driver is ok.
— Jim Madalinsky (@Jim_Madalinsky) October 11, 2016
All passengers were transported to area hospitals. Six students as well as the driver of the sedan were sent to Strong Memorial Hospital, and three students were sent to Rochester General. Neck trauma was one of the injuries witnessed at the scene. Several students suffered from seizures after the crash. The most serious injuries were suffered by the driver of the sedan, but those injuries were non-life threatening as well.
The Walworth Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident. Ambulances from Walworth as well as neighboring towns assisted in transporting the students to the hospitals. There were eight ambulances used in total.
The Sodus students were on their way to a volleyball game when the accident occurred, according to the Walworth Fire Chief. The scene was cleared by 5:30 p.m.
The names of the students, bus driver, and driver of the sedan have not been released. No charges have been filed.