INDIANA- Nbcchicago.com writes that a mother who lost three children when they were fatally struck by a vehicle crossing the street to get to their school bus is now speaking out about the lack of safety at school bus stops.
Following the tragic accident that killed a 9-year-old girl and her 6-year-old twin brothers, the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is moving the school bus stop to a new location in Meiser Park. The superintendent has also stated that all school bus stops will be reviewed by a transportation safety committee.
Residents are saying that the decision to make changes came too late. The mother whose children were killed had reportedly tried to convince the school district that the bus stop was unsafe. She had asked that the buses drive into the trailer park where her family lived. Instead of accommodating the request, the district forced the children to walk across a busy roadway to get to the bus stop.
Heather Crispen, whose children were also crossing the street the day when the fatal accident occurred, said that the school district would not pull the bus into the park because the children were not special needs.
Crispen says the changes that are happening now are too late. It should never have taken the deaths of three children to convince the school district to accommodate the students’ safety.
The accident happened at 7:30 in the morning while the school bus was had its stop arm extended. A pickup truck drove past the bus hitting the children. Three of the children died, a fourth child who was also struck, was airlifted to Fort Wayne and is now in stable condition.
The driver of the pickup truck is facing charges for reckless homicide and passing a school bus.
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