Fatal Indiana Crash at Bus Stop Prompts Closer Look at Safety
FULTON COUNTY, IN. – According to an online news report from ABC7ews.com, a vehicle crash at a bus stop in Fulton County, Indiana, that killed three children has prompted the community to take a closer look at road safety.*
At approximately 7 a.m. on October 30, a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus was stopped with its stop-arm lowered on a road near Rochester. Four children were crossing the road to board the bus and were walking through the southbound lane, when a northbound pickup truck crashed into them.
Three of the children, a 9-year-old girl and her 6-year-old twin brothers, died at the scene. The fourth child, an 11-year-old boy, sustained multiple broken bones and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The four children were all Tippecanoe Valley students who were walking to the bus from the rural mobile home community where they lived.
“This was right here at our back door, among Indiana people and in areas where you wouldn’t think this would happen,” said David Henry, transportation director for South Vermillion School Corp. “That did not happen in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, or Evansville. It happened in a smaller, rural community.”
Indiana law requires all motorists to stop for school buses that are picking up or dropping off students. Yet Henry and other officials in the community say they are aware of numerous daily school bus stop-arm violations. Henry said he believed people were aware of the law but were in too big of a hurry or were distracted. The circumstances of the October 30 incident suggest the pickup driver attempted to pass the stopped bus.
Officials want to better educate drivers about the risks of violations and try to make changes that will keep kids safer. Such potential changes might include installation of exterior cameras on school buses and replacement of all school buses’ yellow lights with red lights.
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