Digging deeper on bus crash: More info on bus condition, driver requirements and route

5 On Your Side has learned more information about the bus, bus driver requirements and route involved in today's crash.

We looked into the condition of the school bus before the crash, and other safety concerns raised by Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation(VICC) leaders.

The school bus in question was inspected by the Missouri highway patrol just within the last few weeks, and no mechanical issues were reported, VICC CEO David Glaser said.

Driver Requirements

We also looked into the training these drivers are given before hitting the road. According to Glaser, the drivers and buses are provided by Missouri central transportation.

Drivers are given monthly training sessions, but must also get a specialized commercial drivers license with a school bus endorsement.

Drivers are also required to have a physical on file, a fingerprint-based criminal history check, and eight hours of training annually.

The Route

The children involved in this crash have a long commute of 50-60 minutes a day, coming from various St. Louis neighborhoods, to Hanna Woods Elementary School. Program leaders are now considering safer routes for those children to travel.

“Are there any other routes we could consider where we avoid interstate highways? I think our ability to do that is going to be pretty limited but it's something we can consider,” said Glaser.

Each year, students in the VICC program travel more than 5 million miles to get to and from school.

We have also confirmed there is video from inside the bus that police have viewed. It's unclear when it may be released to the public.

Scene photos: School bus accident on I-44

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