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4 Children Hit While Boarding NC School Bus

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Four children were rushed to the hospital Friday morning after they were struck by a vehicle as they were getting ready to board a school bus in Transylvania County, North Carolina.

About the School Bus Accident

According to VYFF, the incident occurred on Highway 276 in the Conestee Falls subdivision around 7:20 am.

Two of the children had to be airlifted to a hospital in Asheville and two others were transported via ambulance. Fortunately, none of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening.

Preliminary reports indicate the children were crossing the street to get on the bus when they were struck by 85-year-old Floyd Hipps – the man claimed he did not see the children.

Hipps has been charged with felony failure to stop for a school bus and failure to reduce speed.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic collisions in 2012. Roughly one death every 2 hours.
  • Another 76,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents – an average of one injury every 7 minutes,
  • More than 20 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 15 who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians.
  • A pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than vehicle occupants on each outing.

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