In Prescott, a woman was sent to a local hospital after acquiring serious injuries from a car accident Wednesday morning (KPHO 05/18/2011).
According to the Prescott Police Department, the 25-year-old was driving her SUV at around 6:45 a.m. when it crashed head-on with a school bus. She had to be extricated from the vehicle and was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital after suffering a compound leg fracture.
The driver of the school bus was sent to a different hospital for possible neck injuries together with an 18-year-old passenger who suffered minor chin lacerations.
Two more students were on board, a 12-year-old and 14 year-old, but were unhurt in the Arizona school bus accident.
Police say the SUV crossed the center line for reasons yet unknown and hit the bus head-on.
Investigations are still ongoing as of the moment.
Injuries from accidents can have life-long effects. They can lead to disabilities and other effects such as distress and trauma which result to a loss in quality of life. Each year, millions of Americans are hurt in traffic accidents. In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported a total of 5,474,000 injury crashes on U.S. Roadways, injuring an estimated 2.22 million people2.
Though numbers may seem alarming, the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2009 was actually at an all time low at 1.13 and overall injury rate declined by 6.3 percent as opposed to the preceding year. This goes to show that there are still more things to be done in order to remove road accidents as one of the biggest threats in human health.