Three siblings were killed and another child was injured Tuesday when they were struck by a pickup truck in rural Rochester, Indiana. The children were crossing the road to get to their school bus when the accident occurred.
About the Fatal Indiana Accident
According to CNN, 6-year-old twins and their 9-year-old sister were struck and killed by a 2017 Toyota Tacoma about 50 miles west of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Another student, 11, was hit by the pickup and sustained life-threatening injuries.
Investigators say the accident occurred around 7:15 am. The school bus was stopped on a two lane highway with its stop sign extended and its emergency lighting activated.
The 24-year-old driver of the Tacoma, remained at the scene. No citations or charges had been brought as of Tuesday afternoon.
The incident remains under investigation.
School Bus Accident Statistics
On average, of 30 school-age children are killed each year in school-transportation-related crashes — most of them outside of the bus or in other vehicles — according to newly updated federal data.
According to NHTSA, from 2006 to 2015, there were 324,710 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,172 (0.4%) were classified as being related to school transportation.
Even within the school-transportation-related fatalities, less than a quarter of those killed are children. In the 2006 to 2015 time span, NHTSA’s data show that 1,313 people of all ages were killed in crashes related to school transportation, with 301 of them (23%) being school-age children (age 18 or younger).
The report also shows that most of the child fatalities take place outside of school buses or in other vehicles. Of the 301 school-age children killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:
- 54 (18%) were occupants of school transportation vehicles
- 137 (46%) were occupants of other vehicles
- 102 (34%) were pedestrians
- Eight (3%) were cyclists
According to NHTSA’s data, of the school-age pedestrians killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:
- 61% were struck by school buses.
- 3% were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses.
- 36% were struck by other vehicles involved in the crashes.
NHTSA defines a school-transportation-related crash as one that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.
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