TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A school bus near the Fort Wayne area was hit with six students on board Friday morning. The driver and students were not injured.
Earlier this week, a school bus accident in Indianapolis killed the bus driver and a student. These accidents follow the one that took place in Tippecanoe County about two weeks ago.
Local legislators said there may be discussions about school bus safety after these string of accidents.
A Tippecanoe School Corporation's (TSC) bus accident took place on February 28, 2012. Superintendent Scott Hanback said the bus driver Bev Turner fell asleep at the wheel. Turner has since been terminated.
TSC's Director of Transportation Kevin Neafie wants to reassure parents the corporation's bus drivers receive extensive training before taking the driver's seat.
"So we're probably looking at maybe 20 months before they're ready to go. The state does require a new driver to do ride time so they would ride with an experienced driver," said Neafie.
Neafie said all bus drivers receive training to get their Commercial Driver's License and then receive more training on top of that.
Democratic State Representative Shelia Klinker said after this string of school bus accidents, the amount of training time for drivers may increase. She said the issue will most likely be discussed among representatives.
"It probably will come up in a study committee when we're discussing schools and getting to and from schools. This issue will probably come up," said Representative Klinker.
Republican State Senator Ron Alting said the issue may come up but he encourages his fellow legislators to stand back and look at the number of accidents and fatalities.
"Use statistics that's available to us through both the state of Indiana and through the National Highway Safety Board that can give us those statistics. I just think that it just happens to be a coincidence," said State Senator Alting.
Alting said school buses are the safest mode of transportation because of how they are built. He said the design of the seats protect the students' safety.
Representative Klinker said the issue of seat belts will also be brought up during the summer session. She said in some cases, it's not safer for students to wear seat belts. So she said that it is another issue that needs to be addressed.
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