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Driver cited for school bus stop arm violation in Tippecanoe County crash

A two-vehicle crash in northern Tippecanoe County was the result of school bus stop arm violation, according to the sheriff's office.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 9:54 AM
Updated: Feb 15, 2019 1:46 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A two-vehicle crash in northern Tippecanoe County was the result of school bus stop arm violation, according to the sheriff's office. 

Deputies said it happened Friday around 8:30 a.m. on State Road 43 just north of 600 North. That is near the Indiana State Police Post. 

"All the stuff in the news about stop arm violations and children getting hurt or killed its imperative that people pay attention especially when they are in vicinity of a school bus," said Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy Ben North.

The sheriff's office said a Tippecanoe School Corporation bus was stopped on State Road 43 southbound to pick up a child. The bus driver was waiting for a vehicle behind the bus to stop before motioning the child to get on the bus. That's when deputies said a car behind the other car did not stop and rear ended the first car. 

The sheriff's office said 35-year-old Jessica Akers of Monticello thought the car ahead of her was going to go around the bus, and she was going to follow it. The sheriff's office has cited her for improper passing of a school bus.

The school bus was not hit, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies said there were elementary-age children on the bus, but none were hurt. The bus driver gave a statement, and then the bus was released.

One of the drivers reported minor injuries. 

"On a four lane highway like State Road 43 both lanes of travel, north and southbound, should be stopping because there is no median barrier in between them," said Deputy North.

The following is a statement from Greg Haltom, TSC Director of Transportation:

"We are grateful that no one was hurt in this morning's vehicle crash. This incident should emphasize the importance of driver awareness while school buses are operating in our community. The bus driver in this case performed her job extremely well and her actions had a positive effect on the outcome of this incident. Moving forward, it is our hope that the motoring public will heed the lesson in this case and help us to keep our children safe."

Photo provided by Brosy Johnson.

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