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School system will relocate bus stop where four children were struck

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) – The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation on Wednesday said it would relocate the bus stop where four children were struck a day earlier, with three of them killed.

The change will take effect on Thursday.

The full statement reads as follows:

This has been a very difficult day for our school family as we attempt to cope with the devastating loss of three elementary students and a critically injured middle school student. I am very appreciative of our teachers, administrators and staff that assisted, comforted, and supported our students and each other today in our schools. We also had counselors and clergy available for anyone who desired additional support and we will continue to provide counselors as needed.

Effective November 1, 2018 Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation will relocate the bus stop on State Road 25 into the Meiser Park.

In addition, I am establishing a transportation safety review committee which will examine all of our bus stop locations to ensure our children are transported safely. I will co-chair this committee with Fulton County Sheriff Christopher Sailors and Kosciusko County Sheriff W.R. Goshert. Other committee members will include school transportation officials, bus drivers and the president of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Board of School Trustees.

Three siblings died when a pickup truck slammed into the group of children as they boarded the bus. A fourth child was seriously hurt and was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne.

The driver of the vehicle has been charged with three felony counts of negligent homicide and a misdemeanor count related to the disregard of a school bus stop signal.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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