TAYLORSVILLE, Indiana — An Indiana school bus beginning to move from a stop struck two young siblings running to catch it, authorities said Thursday.
Nine-year-old Aiyanna Moffitt of Taylorsville was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for treatment, Bartholomew County Sheriff Maj. Todd Noblitt said. The girl's brother, 6-year-old Brian Moffitt, was treated for cuts and bruises at Columbus Regional Hospital, Noblitt said.
The bus apparently had completed its stop, was retracting its stop arm and about to leave when the two children ran out in front of the vehicle, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Superintendent John Quick told The Republic.
"We had preliminary information from an eyewitness that indicated the children may have darted in the path of the bus," Noblitt told WTHR-TV.
"At this point we don't have any reason to believe the bus driver acted negligent in any way," Noblitt said.
The bus, with 35 children already aboard, had a substitute driver, Dylan Graham, 23, of Columbus. Quick said Graham had been a substitute driver for the school corporation since Thanksgiving without any issues.
The injuries occurred about 7:40 a.m. in a neighborhood in the town about 30 miles south of Indianapolis. Afterward, the 35 children aboard the bus were transported by another bus to Taylorsville Elementary School, Noblitt said.
Information from: The Republic, http://www.therepublic.com/