Seven Dallas juveniles were taken into police custody after crashing a stolen pickup truck into a school bus. The crash happened on Monday, April 11, in Dallas, TX.
The School Bus Crash
On Monday, April 11, investigators stated that a group of seven juveniles stole a pickup truck at gunpoint. Dallas police officers pursued the truck in an attempt to stop the juveniles.
The driver of the pickup truck hit an SUV pulling a trailer at Buckner and Samuell Boulevard. The impact of that crash sent the pickup truck into a Dallas ISD school bus. The driver of the pickup truck lost control of the vehicle, skidded into a parking lot, and rolled over.
The driver of the SUV hauling the trailer did not suffer any significant injuries from the collision. There were no students on board the Dallas ISD school bus at the time of the crash. The bus driver suffered no injury.
Three of the juvenile suspects fled the scene after the crash, but officers were able to chase them down and arrest them. The other four suspects were taken into custody by police. According to the police, none of the suspects suffered any serious injuries.
The Leading Causes of Teen Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,042 people were killed in 2019 in crashes involving teen drivers. Getting a driver’s license is a big step for teenagers. It can give them a sense of independence and power that they’ve never had before. Unfortunately, with that new independence can come some serious consequences. Below, you can read about the leading causes of teen crashes:
- Driver inexperience— It may be difficult for teens to make quick or smart decisions when faced with a change in traffic.
- Driving with other teen passengers— Other teen passengers in the vehicle can create a distraction for the driver with talking, music, food, and drinks.
- Driving at night— Driving at night can decrease road visibility for teens and increase the chance of a collision.
- Distracted driving— Teens can quickly become distracted in their vehicle by their cellphones, music, hair, makeup, and food.
- Drowsy driving— Because teens have such a busy lifestyle, they tend to push themselves to their limits, leading to them falling asleep behind the wheel.
- Impaired driving— Teens who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol become greatly impaired behind the wheel of their vehicle, losing good judgement and reaction speed.
- Reckless driving— Many teens feel invincible when driving, as if an accident could never happen to them. This can lead to reckless behavior such as speeding, tailgating, and ignoring traffic signs and signals.
Although teens are more at risk for getting into crashes, there are ways to prevent that from happening. Make it a point to sit down with your teen and establish some ground rules for driving. Go over the rules of the road with them and answer any questions they may have. Doing this keeps an open line of communication that can help teens drive safely and responsibly.