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As a father, stuff like this scares me to death.

Fri Sep 30, 2005 9:20 pm

Dozens Injured As School Bus Overturns On NYC Highway


NEW YORK -- Dozens of children were injured when a school bus overturned Friday morning on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, N.Y.

Initial reports from the hospital that eight students were in critical condition were revised after doctors examined the students.

Dozens of emergency workers responded to the crash scene, where the bus flipped onto its side around 11:18 a.m.

A spokeswoman at Montefiore Hospital said the hospital was expecting 27 victims of the crash, most with minor injuries. Spokeswoman Sharon Butler said an initial report of eight children in critical condition was inaccurate.

The hospital's pediatric emergency department was fully staffed and awaiting the injured children.

At North Bronx Hospital, officials were expecting eight injured children, while Jacobi Medical Center was told to expect 15 students.

Students in their school uniforms exited the bus after the crash as the vehicle lay on its side.

I sincerely hope that all of the kids are OK.


Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:32 pm

I hope the kids are okay, too.

But...It's all Bush's fault. Why?

1. Global warming caused the wheels to rotate 90 degrees. Wait...that's the Jet Blue thingy...

2. All passengers on the bus were minorities. We all know Bush hates black people.

3. Tax cuts for the rich lowered bus equipment standards.

4. Tax cuts for the rich forced unskilled Mexican workers to handle mechanical repair jobs on the bus.

5. FEMA was slow in responding to the incident.


Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:10 pm

I don't see the point to riff on Katrina here. Besides, when there's
a national disaster (as opposed to a local accident), things tend to stick to whoever is President - depending how they handle it. No president
is immune from criticism, especially in the second term for some

As Tom notes, as a father, I too hate such stories.

Read the newspaper each day and one reads way too much about
rape, abuctions, kids getting run over, shootings, etc.

In fact, NYC, my hometown is totally awash in it.
Last edited by Gregory Nolan Jr. on Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:13 pm

As sad as it is...thats life. Just hope that your are not part of the statistic. If you believe in a higher power, then you also believe you are part of a plan.

It would be interesting to know how this happened, but nothing would really surprise me. Getting depressed about it is useless. Far worse happens daily.

Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:27 pm

Greg wrote: I don't see the point to riff on Katrina here.

Just injecting a bit of levity into a bad situation.

Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:40 pm

Okay, I'll take it that way.

Levity is good. :wink:

Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:35 am

As a teacher, tragedies like this scare the stuffings out of me, too!

Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:51 am

My wife is a teacher as well and said that this was one of her biggest fears for her students.


Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:08 am

A school bus driver was caught recently in the south, driving with his personal swig of whiskey....

As someone who used to drive buses (and still is licensed to do so),
they can't be hard enough on such bastards. Weed 'em out, pronto.

By the way, I just re-watched the original "Dirty Harry" with Clint Eastwood with my better half last week. Seeing it on DVD was an eyeopener. That scene with the
pyscho hijacking a school bus is pretty chilling.

I always liked Clint and especially this movie - especially the political point of it regarding the rights of criminals vs. public safety.

Not "reading the rights" to that guy....That scene where he gets dressed
down by the D.A. is classic.......and still too true unless I'm missing

Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:06 am

Tom - my husband's wife is a teacher, and his name is Tom! (Sorry, wasn't trying to make light of this topic, but it seemed funny because I hadn't known before that your wife is a teacher. Then you KNOW a lot about the stresses that we go through?)

Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:13 am

silver wrote:Then you KNOW a lot about the stresses that we go through?

Sue -
Some people (clearing throat) bring stress on themselves.

Also not making light of the subject, it's just that I can't resist teasing some people. Have a great weekend, Sue. :wink:

Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:19 am

You, too, Rob!! :lol: :lol: :wink: