Seatbelts prove to be life saving after a rollover in Noble County

Thirty-one students were aboard a Central Noble Community School bus Tuesday morning when it rolled off of South Wolf Lake Road.

Posted: Oct 9, 2019 5:51 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2019 10:47 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Thirty-one students were aboard a Central Noble Community School bus Tuesday morning when it rolled off of South Wolf Lake Road.

It just so happens it was one of the two district buses that has seatbelts.

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Officials said without those seatbelts it could have been much worse.

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"The results of the accident proved that the seatbelts were a benefit to us. We had three students that received minor injuries," Sueprintendent Troy Gaff said.

The state doesn't require seatbelts on buses but more and more districts are looking at getting them for this reason.

"In the last few years we started the discussion on if we should move in that direction or not. It wasn't until last year that David and our bus mechanic and our bus transportation secretary got involved in some training and showed buses with and buses without and after seeing those videos we felt it was important," Gaff added.

In Allen County, all four districts have some buses with seatbelts, but not all of them do.

Central Noble's transportation director said the seatbelts were an adjustment at first.

"Kids come to our Albion campus and then get on that main bus to shuttle over and we knew it was going to take a little bit longer than normal especially the first couple of days of how to put their seatbelts on," CNCS Transportation Director David Worman said.

Now they've proven to be potentially life-saving.

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