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School bus driver fired after Raleigh wreck

Posted May 31, 2011

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A school bus driver was fired after crashing into several cars in Raleigh last week, Wake schools spokesman Michael Evans said Tuesday.

 

Police say Lamount Lynch, 21, of Wendell, was driving the bus 20 miles over the speed limit when he sideswiped three cars, then hit a stopped car in front of West Millbrook Middle School on Strickland Road on Thursday. 

The bus was empty.

A mother and her toddler were inside one of the cars but were not seriously injured.

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  • rightisright58 Jun 1, 2011

    Fiddlemom: Does anyone remember the days long ago when the bus drivers were actually high-school students at the same school they attended. I cannot recall a single accident in my high school years. Maybe we should go back to that.

    Yes I remember the same thing as you. All throughout high school, my peers drove the buses and not a single accident occured. There may be several contributing factors to the accidents that occur regularly today: the responsibility (or lack thereof) of the drivers, road congestion, etc. I feel that more experienced drivers should be hired and they should be paid accordingly. Complete background checks including driving violations should be performed before employment. This job should be taken seriously.

  • aetius476 Jun 1, 2011

    The driver was 21YO? Is that standard procedure? In Chapel Hill our bus drivers seem to be mature and experienced individuals not drop outs who are only a few years older than the passengers.

  • Firefly01 Jun 1, 2011

    im not going to name the school, but my high school in Granville county, while i was there hired a few senior students from the school to drive the buses home. i rode one of those buses and i have to say, i didnt like it then, while i was on the bus, and i still dont like it now.. Driving with one child in a vechile is a huge responsibility, much less driving a huge school bus full of kids...

  • Fiddlemom Jun 1, 2011

    Does anyone remember the days long ago when the bus drivers were actually high-school students at the same school they attended. I cannot recall a single accident in my high school years. Maybe we should go back to that.

  • jljtheraven Jun 1, 2011

    kvoss,

    Bus drivers are held accountable. I drove a bus for 15 years. If one gets a ticket or is found at fault for an accident, whether it's while driving the bus or on your personal time, one loses his bus driving license. The rules and qualifications to drive a school bus are much more strict than those for driving a regular passenger vehicle. This driver made a terrible mistake and he paid the price for it. He will not be able to get his bus driving license again.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jun 1, 2011

    On the freeways, school buses clog up traffic by traveling 20mph below the speed limit and on regular roads, school buses cause trouble by traveling 20mph over the speed limit.

    We need to change the rules, quit hiring $6/hr dropouts and bring back a long lost profession.

  • kvoss Jun 1, 2011

    It's about time these drivers are held accountable. They are carrying the most precious cargo and all too often we see them speeding and driving carelessly through our neighborhoods.

  • common_sense_plz Jun 1, 2011

    I take it that school officials were shown the video of this bus driver driving dangerously just prior to the accident. Glad he is no longer driving our children around.