Second TCAPS student struck by car at morning bus stop | Local News

TRAVERSE CITY – A 7-year-old elementary school student was hit by a car while crossing the street near a bus stop in the Meadow Lane Mobile Home Community.

Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office captain Chris Clark said the boy was hit by a white, four-door vehicle around 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday.

Two young boys witnessed the crash and said the junior high school student was crossing the street when he was hit, Clark said.

Witnesses also said the car did not drive too fast or recklessly. said Clark.

The accident happened before the bus got to the stop, said John VanWagoner, principal of Traverse City public schools. The student is slightly injured in the accident and is currently being examined at home by his parents.

“The student is recovering at home and doing fine,” Central Grade director Toby Tisdale said in an email statement to the families and staff at Central Grade. “Please know that today we will have social workers available to help every student who witnessed the accident and every student who has concerns about it.”

This is the second TCAPS student to be hit by local traffic at a morning bus stop this school year. VanWagoner said it was “unusual” to have so many bus stop incidents this early in the school year.

A 17-year-old student was hit by a pickup truck in the Peninsula Township early in the morning of September 16. He was later treated at Munson Medical Center.

Following the September 16 incident, the Traverse City Area Public Schools Facebook account posted a VanWagoner statement and graphic to remind community members what the different lights on the buses mean to local traffic.

“School is back in class and drivers are responsible for complying with school bus traffic rules to ensure the safety of students,” VanWagoner said in the statement, calling the incident “an unfortunate reminder of the critical importance of school buses and the Student safety ”.

Another TCAPS student was hit by a vehicle while crossing a street in the area a few days before the September 16 incident – but not by a bus stop.

VanWagoner said TCAPS plans to encourage parents and students to emphasize the importance of safety at and around bus stops. He said everyone should be aware of bus drivers and local bus stops and be careful when driving past them.

The TCAPS Facebook page for National School Bus Safety Week was posted on Tuesday.

“We will be sharing tips and reminders throughout the week to ensure our students, staff, parents and community members are as safe as possible when getting on and off a school bus or approaching a school bus!” Said the post.

The post said the TCAPS Department of Transportation was working on evacuation drills for buses at all schools in the district.

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