Bus Accident in Bartholomew County, IN
Two children were injured recently when they were hit by a school bus in Bartholomew County, IN. The accident occurred at 7:37 a.m. and according to the police report, the two children injured were six-year-old Brian Moffitt and his sister, nine-year-old Aiyanna Moffitt.
The cause for the accident remains undetermined, although substance abuse is not expected. The driver was a substitute driver, and this was only his second day on the route. Reports and video lead police to believe there may have been some confusion about the route which led to the accident. In the video footage available, it appears that a child on the bus is telling the driver he didn’t need to stop at the intersection where the accident occurred.
When the bus moved through the intersection, the boy and his sister ran towards the bus. Brian Moffitt was hit by the bus and fell to the ground, falling between the wheels and avoiding further injury. He was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with minor injuries and was released later that day.
Aiyanna Moffitt was struck by the bus and run over by the left front tire. She was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children, and was in surgery most of the day for severe injuries to her extremities. Updates on her condition have not been made available yet.
Whatever the cause for this accident was, this is the perfect opportunity to discuss school bus and traffic safety with your children. Take the time to remind your children to never, ever step into the road unless the school bus stop arm is fully extended and the cars around the bus have come to a complete stop. It is never too early to talk about traffic and school bus safety with your children, although it only takes one accident before it is too late.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, give the bus accident lawyers of Wagner Reese a call to schedule a free consultation. We may be able to assist you in recovering damages so you can pay for the medical bills and other expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury.