The tiny Springville Griffith-Institute has one of the best school bus safety records in Western New York. It had only one bus pulled off the road for safety violations last year -- while the average number of violations was four per school district.
Of course, that doesn't mean mistakes can't happen.
Twice in the past two years, Springville buses were involved in crashes, but none of those were fatal before 7-year-old Alyssa Hearn was struck and killed on Friday.
One other thing to consider: a source has told 7 Eyewitness News that the bus driver was a substitute. We called the Springville Superintendent Kimberly Moritz to confirm this but she did not return our call.
Schools can't just pick someone up off the street and make them a bus driver -- they need to obtain a commercial driving license and their driving records are supposed to be reviewed every year.
As for this driver's record -- the State Department of Motor Vehicles offered to do a search for us, but because Sheriff's Office spokesman Scott Zylka won't release the driver's name, they could not perform that search.
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