Tampa school bus stop crash the latest in a rash of similar incidents across the U.S.

Over the course of one week, there have been five incidents across the country — including Tampa Bay — involving children being struck by vehicles as they waited for the school bus.
Published November 2 2018
Updated November 2 2018

In recent days there have been five incidents across the country involving children struck by vehicles while waiting for their school bus — including the children injured at a Tampa bus stop on Thursday.

That’s when a 47-year-old driver struck five children and two adults waiting for the bus to Carter G. Woodson K-8 School. Two of the children suffered serious injuries.

That incident promoted Tampa police to stake out the crash scene on Friday, using radar guns to check drivers’ speeds near the school bus stop along E Bougainvillea Avenue.

But across the country, a total of four children have died and several others were injured in similar incidents. Here's what happened in those other incidents:

* In Tallahassee on Wednesday, a kindergartner was injured crossing the street to board a school bus. The child was struck by a 19-year-old driver who realized too late that the bus was stopped and its crossing arm extended, police told CNN affiliate WCTV.

* In Rochester, Ind., a 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers were fatally struck by a pickup truck as they crossed the road to board a school bus before sunrise Tuesday in northern Indiana, police said. A fourth child was critically injured and flown to a local hospital.

* In Tupelo, Miss., a 9-year-old child died Wednesday after being hit by a truck while he was trying to board a school bus. The Mississippi Highway Patrol told WTVA-TV that Dalen Thomas was struck in Lee County. The Baldwyn Elementary School student died after being taken by helicopter to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

* A school bus driver in Tyrone, Pa., found a second-grader dead at a bus stop on Thursday morning after an apparent hit-and-run, authorities said. The driver called 911 and stayed with the boy until emergency crews arrived.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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