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Investigators take closer look at intersection where girl was killed

By Rich Piatt, For the Deseret News

Published: Mon, May 5 7:15 p.m. MDT

 Kids get on a school bus at 4000 West aand 10570 South, Monday, May 5, 2014. It's the same spot where 10-year-old Seleny Crosby was hit Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Seleny later died from her injuries. Investigators are scrutinizing the stop to see if something can be done to make it safer.

Kids get on a school bus at 4000 West aand 10570 South, Monday, May 5, 2014. It's the same spot where 10-year-old Seleny Crosby was hit Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Seleny later died from her injuries. Investigators are scrutinizing the stop to see if something can be done to make it safer.

(Alan Neves, Deseret News)

SOUTH JORDAN — New street lights or even a new location could come for the school bus stop where a bus struck and fatally injured 10-year-old Seleny Crosby in South Jordan last week.

Investigators from the State Division of Risk Management, transportation officials from Jordan School District, and South Jordan police are scrutinizing the stop. The width of the intersection, the location of the crosswalk, and the volume of traffic at certain times all are part of evaluating what to do next.

“We want to make sure that policy and physical locations all support the safety of our children,” said Marilee Richins with the State Division of Risk Management.

The bus stop is on well-traveled 4000 West and 10570 South, and parents say they want it moved to a less busy street.

“It's been obvious for a long time for us, and, no matter what they decide, who's at fault, that doesn't matter to us anymore,” concerned parent Ali Sommer said. “All that matters to us is getting it moved.”

Jordan District officials have said nearby streets are too small for that.

Just after 4 p.m. Wednesday, a Jordan School District bus carrying Seleny, a student at Welby Elementary School, and other children stopped on 4000 West at 10570 South to drop off students.

The bus pulled over onto the shoulder next to the curb, out of traffic. The bus' hazard lights were blinking, but the red stop lights and the stop sign on the side of the bus were not turned on, South Jordan police officer Sam Winkler said Friday.

Seleny got off the bus, went around the front of the bus and darted into traffic. She was hit by a second bus that was traveling the same direction as her bus.

Winkler said parents should remind their kids to check both ways anyway and to cross well in front of the bus.

“They encourage children whenever they get off the bus to come down a good 12 to 20 feet out in front of the bus,” Winkler said, "because in that same spot, I can now see farther down the street and traffic can see me."

Contributing: Peter Samore

Email: rpiatt@deseretnews.com

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1. My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT,
May 6, 2014

From this picture the intersection does not seem to be a problem and traffic volume so low it doesn't make sense to change the stop.

What I see are other elements in the equation more serious a concern. The bus itself is most of the problem, it blocks the view of drivers behind and to the left side of the buss to see the children. And why do these small children loaded down with back packs big enough for soldiers to take on a 20 mile hike? This must be an extreme physical and stressful handicap just walking into the bus and seems a senseless waste of impaired ability to avoid hazards of any kind, they are prone to falling back off the bus climbing the steps.

What kind of camping gear and survival equipment do these children take to school? Pencils and books and paper are provided at school.

First get rid of the back packs hampering their safety then get rid of the buses and let them walk to school in groups, safety in numbers. Elementary schools are so near in neighborhoods its almost an insult to even waste money and resources they don't need to provide.

2. iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT,
May 6, 2014

It is so obvious that the children who exit the bus and walk in front of the bus to cross the road need to have the red lights flashing and the stop signs extended on the side of the bus until they are safely on the other side of the road.

What is this talk in this article about children needing to walk 20 feet in front of the bus before crossing the street without the benefit of the red flashing lights?

I'm embarrassed for the investigators of this accident.

3. Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT,
May 6, 2014

Do these buses have the bumper arm? They create a few feet of space.
The other bus driver may have assumed too much when they didn't see the stop arm out. Flashers are enough to require a stop, according to the driver's ed book.
This is a good time for a complete safety review, including the placement of the bus stop.