Local transportation officials urge safety after week of deadly school bus accidents

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Local transportation officials say drivers need to pay attention on the roads. This comes after 5 children were killed this week in car crashes at school bus stops.

The deadly incidents began Tuesday when a 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers were struck and killed by a pickup truck while crossing the street to board their school bus in Rochester, Indiana.

The most recent one happened Thursday morning. A 7-year-old boy was the apparent victim of a hit-and-run while he waited at his bus stop in Pennsylvania.

The Facilities and Transportation Manager of Marietta City Schools says drivers need to be totally focused on the road.

“People just need to look out for the buses and watch for the students,” said Darrell Prim.

“That's just a big thing I have --- put the phone down I know this is a big cell phone and smart phone society it can wait when you're driving it can wait.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the most dangerous time for students is when they’re getting on or off the bus in the early morning hours.

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