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School bus broadsided after truck driver allegedly runs red light

Original post made on Feb 12, 2021

A dump truck driver who appears to have run a red light smashed into a Palo Alto Unified School District bus carrying elementary school students on Wednesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 12, 2021, 1:46 PM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2021 at 4:19 pm

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Did the bus have seat belts? Were the occupants wearing seatbelts?

If not, why not?

It amazes me that such a simple thing as a seatbelt on a bus is not discussed. Children have to wear helmets on bikes, while skiing, on skateboards, etc. They have to be in car seats inside a car. Every occupant in a car must wear a seatbelt. Bus riders must also wear seatbelts.


Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 15, 2021 at 11:24 pm

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The lack of respect for red lights today is unreal.


Posted by Eva_PA
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 16, 2021 at 11:06 am

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How incredibly scary for the driver and the kids. Even though the injuries sound minor, it must have been traumatic. And frustrating that the drive of the truck was unlicensed.

@ Bystander: PAUSD School Bus rules state:
"Students are required to wear seatbelts and be seated at all times".


Posted by Mike Bechler
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 16, 2021 at 11:52 am

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I have posted video of the aftermath. You can see a broken fire hydrant shooting water out from under the bus.

Web Link


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2021 at 12:27 pm

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@Eva. Thank you, I was not aware of that.


Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm

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I did not know that school buses manufactured with seat belts. No other buses have them.


Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 9, 2021 at 9:48 pm

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Why was this truck driver "unlicenced"? What? Cited at the scene? This man should be in jail!


Posted by Jason Whitman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 10, 2021 at 7:03 am

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[Portion removed.]

Those heavy trucks do not like to come to a complete stop because it takes a while to accelerate from a compound low/1st gear to posted speed especially if diesel powered.

Anyone who has ever been behind one at a traffic stop is already aware of this.

As a result, most dump truck and gravel truck drivers prefer to use the momentum regardless of whether they are approaching traffic signals or pedestrian crosswalks.

A good example is Foothill [email protected] in south Los Altos (Cupertino). The gravel trucks from the Permanente quarry getting on to 280 NEVER stop for pedestrians crossing near the cloverleaf and no intelligent person is going to argue with or challenge them.


Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 10, 2021 at 7:50 am

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The company that hired an unlicensed driver should be fined. Yesterday, I saw a driver go through a red arrow on California and El Camino.


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