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Two Children Hit by School Bus at Bus Stop

Allison Denton3 years ago

According to Fox News, a school bus in Taylorsville, Indiana, struck two children earlier this week, a 6-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. The accident occurred after the driver, 23 year old Dylan Graham, left the bus stop before the children boarded.

About the School Bus Accident

Reports indicate that Graham made a complete stop at the stop sign; however, video surveillance from inside the bus shows a young student telling Graham that he didn’t need to wait, as no children usually boarded the bus at that particular location. When Graham drove away, the children, brother and sister, darted into the street and were hit by the bus.

Graham does not usually drive this particular route; he is a substitute bus driver for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation. Investigators do not believe he was impaired at the time of the crash, and he has voluntarily submitted to a drug screen.

The two children are currently recovering from the accident: the 6-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation, but the 9-year-old experienced more severe injuries. She was airlifted from the scene and taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health due to extreme injuries to her lower extremities.

The 36 children on the bus at the time of the crash are all unharmed; another bus showed up to take them to school after the accident.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded 1,236 fatal school transportation accidents between the years of 2001 and 2010, resulting in 1,368 deaths.
  • This means that roughly 137 people die every year as a result of collisions involving school transportation vehicles.
  • Of those killed in school transportation collisions:
    • 72 percent were occupants in other vehicles
    • 21 percent were non-occupants (pedestrians, bicyclist, etc.)
    • 7 percent were occupants aboard the school transportation vehicle


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