CNN A 7-year-old Maryland girl remains in critical condition after being struck by a truck while getting off her school bus this week, the latest in a recent rash of accidents involving children at bus stops.
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Find out what's happening in xgo world as it unfolds. More Videos Skyla Shirriel was struck by a pickup truck Tuesday while crossing the street in Bryantown, Maryland, about an hour's drive southeast of Washington, D.
Although the bus had activated its flashing red lights and stop sign, a year-old woman driving a Ford F hit the girl as she was trying to get to her home across the street, the Charles County Sheriff's Office said in a press release. Skyla was immediately flown to Children's National Hospital in Washington with critical injuries, the release said.
Getting to and from a bus stop may be more dangerous than the actual ride to school. Here's why. One of many recent bus-stop agi.
In most states, drivers are required to stop and wait for a stopped school bus flashing its lights with a raised stop arm. But they often don't.
The Maryland State Department of Education conducted a survey that found 3, bus-stop violations -- such as motorists passing stopped buses -- on one bsu day last spring.
A similar survey by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, published in August, found bus drivers reported that nearly 84, vehicles passed their buses illegally during the school year.Richelieu
The latest accident in Maryland is just one of many Gjrl recent weeks. In the last month there have been at least five other reports of children being killed or injured when they were struck by vehicles while waiting for their school bus, getting off the bus or boarding the bus.
In rural Indiana, three siblings were killed as they were crossing the street to catch their bus.
In Tampa, Florida, five students were rushed to the hospital after rhe car hit them at a bus stop. In Tallahassee, Florida, a five-year-old boy was injured while he was trying to board a bus. In Mississippi, a 9-year-old was killed as he crossed the Girl on the bus 2 weeks ago to board a bus. In Pennsylvania, a 7-year-old boy was found dead on the side of the road near his home after he was run over by a vehicle.
CNN has not been able to contact Skyla Shirriel's family members but has reached out to Wathen, the family friend, for more information and is waiting to hear back. The truck driver, whose name oh not been disclosed, remained on the scene after the incident and the case is still under investigation, officials said.
We are waiting for the investigation to wrap up, which could take a couple of weeks," Richardson told CNN. School officials said the family has been keeping them informed of Skyla's well being and has asked for assistance with food and gas.
Shirriel, and he told me that any assistance would be appreciated.
No other injuries were reported in tge accident, but Charles County first responders said a year-old was transported to a hospital after suffering a panic attack.