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Lakeland Bus Crash Triggers Reaction

A Lakeland School District bus accident is causing a chain reaction. A parent who warned the district a month ago that bus accidents are waiting to happen because he believes chains aren't used as often as they should be on snow-covered roads said Tuesday's accident should prompt a change in district policy. Jeff Sheets, who lives in the Athol area and whose kids were not on the bus during the accident on Rimrock Road north of Hayden, said he has seen multiple times in which buses have issues on the roads with no chains. "We saw this (accident) coming," Sheets said. "I think they should use chains any time there's snow on the roads - even if some of the roads on the route aren't bad." Aside from two of the 14 teens on board complaining of soreness, there were no injuries during this week's accident. Chains were not on the tires during the accident/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Question: Sounds as though the concerned Athol parent has a legitimate beef with Lakeland School District bus safety in the winter. What do you think?




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