NTSB releases preliminary report on Fulton County bus stop crash

Photo courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

Photo courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

FULTON COUNTY, Ind.—The National Transportation and Safety Board released a preliminary report on Wednesday into the bus stop crash that killed three students and injured another on October 30.

The report details the incident, which happened on SR 25. Preliminary results indicate that the school bus operated by the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation did have on its warning lights and the stop arm was deployed at the time of the crash.

According to the report, at about 7:12 a.m. on October 30, a 2014 Thomas Built school bus was traveling north in the 3600 block of SR 25 in Rochester.

The bus then stopped to pick up students at a designated bus stop when a pickup truck traveling south struck four children who were crossing the road.

The report also shows that the posted speed limit of the two lane highway is 55 mph and that there is no roadway lighting at the location of the crash.

Two signs are posted for southbound traffic on SR 25, a ‘Watch for school bus’ and a ‘Left curve’ warning sign, the report said.

The crash remains under investigation.

The driver of the pickup truck, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepard is charged with three counts of reckless homicide for the deaths of Xzavier Ingle, 6, Mason Ingle, 6, and Alivia Stahl, 9.

Shepard also faces one count of criminal recklessness resulting in bodily injury for the injuries Maverik Lowe sustained in the crash.

Shepard is scheduled to appear in court in April.

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