The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating three separate traffic accidents from October 2018 in which children on their way to school were struck and killed by motor vehicles. The trio of tragedies had one thing in common: all occurred when children were crossing a road during early morning darkness.
One occurred around 7:12 a.m., on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, near where a school bus in Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana, stopped to pick up students at the designated location. A pickup truck struck the four children who were crossing the roadway in the early morning darkness. The school bus had its warning lights on, and the driver had deployed the stop arm. The two-lane highway had a posted speed limit of 55 mph. There is no roadway lighting at this location.