Seat Belts Save Lives In School Bus Rollover

May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM EDT

Clarence, NY (WKBW) Sheriff's deputies say that without seatbelts, a rollover school bus crash in Clarence Wednesday morning would have been much worse.

According to first responders, a car driven by an 18 year old woman ran a stop sign at the corner of Stickler and County Roads in Clarence.

The car apparently t-boned a small school bus.

Three people were on the bus, including a disabled child. Two people were in the car.

All five suffered minor injuries.

Officials told Eyewitness News, "If they didn't have the seat belts on, and the bus rolled like that, they would have been thrown all over that bus. They were all buckled in, they stayed right in their seats, and they made it out relatively unscathed."

The driver of the car has been issued tickets for running the stop sign, and inappropriate speed for the conditions.

This intersection was the scene of a tragic accident in 2009 that claimed the lives of four teenagers.