Highway deaths continue to rise, so much so that the National Transportation Safety Board has declared a public health crisis. There are about 43,000 deaths each year as a result of accidents on United States roadways. The statement from the NTSB came after a serious and deadly crash of a high school band bus in Ohio that resulted in the fatalities of several students and adults.
The crash occurred on Interstate 70 near Etna, Ohio, and involved the student charter bus, a tractor-trailer, a commercial vehicle, and two passenger vehicles. In addition to the fatalities, at least 18 additional people were transported to local hospitals with various injuries. This is just one of many fatal accidents in the United States this year.