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A Message from Superintendent Barry Simpson regarding the AVID bus accident

Bronco Parents-

On Saturday, April 23, 2016 a charter bus carrying 44 BUHS students as well as five adult chaperones and staff members was involved in an accident on HWY 395 approximately 10 miles north of Pearsonville, California near Little Lake. Following the accident nine of our students were transported to the Lone Pine and Ridgecrest Hospitals as precautionary measures for minor injuries and were released that evening. Two BUHS employees were also transported to the hospital for treatment. 


The BUSD district office has been in contact with CHP as well as representatives from the charter bus company. An investigation by CHP into the accident is underway but according to officials from the Tour Coach Company, the driver of the bus was experiencing a medical emergency when he blacked out. The bus went off the road and eventually came to a stop off of the highway. The official also indicated that the driver underwent surgery following the accident for issues related to the symptoms he experienced while driving the bus.


The Bishop Unified School District occasionally uses charter bus companies to transport students for special events when district transportation does not meet the needs of the event or is unavailable. The students on this bus were part of the AVID program at BUHS and were returning from an annual trip visiting college campuses in Southern California. The students had fund-raised the money that was used to contract with the charter bus company.


While we are extremely grateful that there were no serious injuries to the student or staff, we will continue to monitor all those who were on the bus as this incident not only had physical affects but also was emotionally traumatizing.


Barry Simpson


Bishop Unified School District

Today: 7/30/16

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