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Speeding Buses©

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Today I saw two different MBTA buses
at two different times
Going in two different directions
They had their employer name in common
Along with the facts that they were speeding and rushing through a yellow to red light
Then I saw a speeding school bus
So now is it a must that all buses of any kind have to speed
I thought about how it must have felt
Felt to be a passenger on a speeding bus that didn’t care about my life
Didn’t care about just how easy it would have been to take the life of everyone on the bus
And maybe the lives of innocent bystanders on foot or in cars
Why does anyone carrying passengers think it’s OK to speed
Is time so much more important than life
I know that keeping schedules are important but not more important than the safety of those you transport
I wish for not having to fear riding on buses
But I do fear riding on buses
I’m almost certain I won’t ride a bus again anytime soon

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Speeding Buses©
Was written by
Felina Silver Robinson
This poem was written after witnessing three speeding buses today. It scares me to think of how many lives are put at risk every day due to careless driving.


No students on bus hurt in crash

Mary Saladna/WCVB

NEWTON, Mass. — One person was injured Monday when a car and school bus collided head-on on Parker Street in Newton, according to police.

There were 26 children on the bus at the time of the crash, which happened near 340 Parker St. None of the children or the bus driver were hurt.

The driver of the silver Lexus sedan, a woman in her mid-50s, was taken to a local hospital, police said.

The bus was coming from the Brown Middle School at the time of the crash.

The crash is under investigation.


By Alice C. Elwell, The Enterprise

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — A 28-year-old man was arrested Friday on a warrant in connection with the theft of 24 school bus batteries, news partner The Enterprise reported.

Police say Jonathan Thomas of Middleborough was selling the batteries, which are valued at $120, as scrap metal for between $8 to $15 each.

Lt. Robert D. Ferreira Jr. said a majority of the batteries were recovered at a Hanson recycler along with batteries stolen from the heavy equipment company ADH Contracting, which is located near the East Grove Street bus lot. The thefts were believed to have occurred Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

A tipster led police to the vehicle used in the theft from the bus lot, and Detective Robert W. Lake identified Thomas as a suspect.

Thomas was charged with larceny by false pretense (taking money for stolen merchandise) and receiving stolen property.

Ferreira said Whitman detectives recovered 15 more batteries in a salvage facility in Whitman believed to be stolen from Middleborough, and Thomas faces additional charges.

Bail for Thomas was set at $1,040, and he was taken to the Plymouth House of Correction.

Thomas is expected to be arraigned Monday at Wareham District Court.