Tragic Georgia Bus Accident Kills One Kindergartener
The Times Free Press is reporting the death of a six-year-old kindergarten student outside of Chattanooga Valley Elementary School in Flintstone, GA. Officials say the boy was struck and killed by a school bus.
Details of the Fatal Bus Accident
Authorities say the accident happened at about 7 a.m. this morning. The boy, whose identity has not been released, had ridden the bus to school and had just gotten off when he was struck by the bus. Reports say he stepped in front of the school bus which then moved forward.
The name of the school bus driver has not been released either.
School Bus Accident Statistics and Safety Tips
From 2003 to 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded 119 school-age pedestrians killed in school-transportation related crashes. 65% of those killed were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses.
A school bus safety study conducted by Texas A&M University concluded the greatest risk to children is getting on or off of school buses. The study noted children are often in a hurry and have little experience with traffic. Often, children assume that motorists will see them and wait for them to cross.
The study also concluded that the majority of school bus injuries occur in a danger zone approximately 10 feet from all sides of the bus. Children are advised to take five giant steps out from the bus before crossing in front. Children should also wait until the driver signals that it is safe to cross.