In 1995 a school bus and train collided killing 7 students. Why were school buses allowed to still operate the same route and place?

Shouldn't the route have been closed to prevent future bus crashes and shouldn't schools find alternatives to school bus use? 

   

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1995_Fox_River_Grove... 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    This accident was caused by the school bus pulling to stop while the rear of the bus was still on the active railroad tracks. The intersection was designed dangerously and the accident was inevitable. 

    The route was not closed because the school was not closed after the accident and the students did not move their homes. While some crossings were eliminated because they were unnecessary a few were necessary to cross the train tracks and could not be diverted to other roads which were unable to support school bus traffic. Ideally we have all children walking to school in all weather conditions but nowadays land ownership is too widespread for school districts to allow walking routes which would possibly be more dangerous for students with excessive motor vehicle traffic and the aforementioned train tracks. 

  • John P
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    1 month ago

    If you follow that logic fully you would ban all busses of any sort from ever crossing rail lines on the level.  I do not know that particular tragic incident but I assume it arose from human failure, probably by the bus driver, since trains are much harder to stop than busses. Clearly driving procedures and precautions will have to be revised for public busses of any sort, but taking your logic even further, you should ban all vehicles (cars, trucks, etc) from crossing rail lines on the level.

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