You've all probably heard of the tragic story that happened in Lake Butler, Florida . Long story short, a school bus was stopped and dropping kids off, a car was stopped behind it, and a fully loaded tractor trailer weighing 40,000 pounds slammed into the car from behind, never even stopped. The cab of the truck and the car caught fire, all of the children in the car died, in fact there's damn near nothing left of the car they were in. The tractor trailer driver, the bus driver and nine children on the bus were injured but not life threatening. Not only were the children killed but when the grandfather, the father of woman who adopted the children, heard about the accident, he had a massive heart attack and died. Even more tragic.
The children in the car were members of the same family and ranged from 21 months to 15 years. One of the fifteen year old children was the driver of the van, there were no adults present.
The accident might have killed 8 children had one not been dropped off prior to the accident.
Right now the NTSB is investigating it. The stretch of highway is 60 MPH except for a portion of it near an intersection which is 45 MPH. Did the driver have a glare in his eyes? Was he tired? Was he on a cell phone? What could have caused him not to see the bus and the car stopped ahead of him? Those are all questions that will be answered in the coming days.
Now while it isn't the 15 year old girl's fault she was hit and they were killed, I have to wonder....why did this mother let her inexperienced child, who simply had a learner's permit, drive around 6 other children and a 21 month old toddler? This girl had not the experience or awareness to be taking on such a responsibility.
And so I have to ask....had an adult been driving, could he or she have possibly used their best judgment and gotten the car out of the way in time?
We'll never know. All we know is that there are eight people dead, seven children and one adult, and many more lives have been ruined forever.