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School Bus Accident Injures Students with Special Needs

Steve Wagner

Several students were injured in a recent accident when a Lafayette school bus was returning them from a family field trip to the zoo.

The bus was carrying five passengers with special needs and seven of their parents back to the school. As they were heading through Zionsville on their way back to Lafayette, a white “box truck” swerved into their lane, causing the bus to roll over once and land back upright on its wheels.

Several of the students and adults were injured in the truck accident, and the truck fled the scene. Police are still searching for the truck driver who caused this accident, and hope to find information from witnesses who may have been around when the accident occurred. Those who were injured were taken to surrounding Indianapolis hospitals, and all but two (one child and one adult) were released the same day. An updated condition of the two who were admitted has not been made available.

Police do not suspect any alcohol or drugs were involved on the part of the bus driver, 55-year-old Audrey Kitchel. It is also believed that the school bus was in good, working order and that no mechanical failures are to blame for the incident.

With so many recent tragedies involving Indianapolis area school buses, it becomes increasingly difficult to send our children off to school every day, not knowing what harm they may incur on their way to and from activities. If you or a loved one have suffered the injury or loss of a child due to a school bus accident, the lawyers of Wagner Reese want to assist you in bringing justice to your situation and also bringing safety to future bus riders. For more information about school bus safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site.

Give us a call today for a free consultation on your motor vehicle accident case, and find out how we can help you fight back against reckless driving and stop the school bus accidents!

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