7-Year-Old Girl Struck by Vehicle in Maryland While Getting Off School Bus
BRYANTOWN, MD. – According to an online news report from fox13now.com, a 7-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle as she was getting off a school bus in Bryantown, Maryland. The girl is in critical condition.*
A 7-year-old girl was getting off a school bus and starting to cross the street to her home in Bryantown. The bus’s lights were flashing, and its stop arm was extended, when a Ford F-250 pickup truck struck the girl.
The girl was seriously injured and flown to Children’s National Hospital in Washington. She was put in a medically induced coma at the hospital and remains in critical condition. Her name has been released by media reports but withheld from this story for privacy reasons.
The driver of the pickup truck stayed at the scene and is reportedly cooperating with police. The driver has not been identified. Police said the driver is not in custody, as the investigation is ongoing. Charges are pending the outcome of the full investigation. No additional information about the accident has been released at this time.
The country seems to have an emerging epidemic of vehicles hitting children at bus stops. Numerous accidents of this kind of occurred recently around the country, and many children have died because of the crashes. Most are due to drivers not paying attention to school bus signals and failing to stop.
Almost all states have laws that require cars to stop on both sides of a road when a school bus is stopped with its lights flashing and stop arm extended. However, a recent survey from the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services reported that bus drivers observed almost 84,000 vehicles illegally passing their buses during the 2017-2018 school year.
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