BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Emergency personnel were on the scene of a crash Thursday morning where two children were struck by a school bus, police dispatchers said.
Police say a Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation school bus was involved in the crash in the 2500 block of West Chaucer Drive around 7:37 a.m. Police said two Taylorsville Elementary students had been hit.
The crash happened near Taylorsville, just south of where Interstate 65 and US 31 cross .
Police say one child, a 9-year-old girl, was taken by medical helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. A second child, a 6-year-old boy, was taken by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital. A family member said the children are siblings.
24-Hour News 8’s news partners at The Republic report Bartholomew County Sheriff Maj. Todd Noblitt identified the two children as Aiyanna Moffitt, 9, and her brother Brian Moffitt, 6.
Family member Justin Schulz said another sibling came running back from the bus stop and told him what had happened. He said the bus ran over Aiyanna’s leg, he believes. He and the rest of the family, including 6-year-old Brian who was treated and released from the hospital, went to visit Aiyanna at Riley Hospital.
Family members say Brian ended up under the bus as well, but the wheel did not run him over. He was able to crawl out with just a few scratches and bruises.
Other students who were on board at the time of the crash were transferred onto another bus and taken to school, school officials said.
The bus remained on scene Thursday morning while police closed off the area to investigate. Investigators say at this point, it appears the two children ran out in front of the bus.
The Republic reports the bus driver, who was a substitute driver, was not injured. School officials said it appeared that the bus had completed its stop, was retracting its stop arm and was about to leave when the two children ran out in front of the bus because they thought they had missed it.
School officials said the driver had been driving as a substitute for the school corporation since Thanksgiving without any issues.