AlliedNews.com - Grove City, Pennsylvania

February 28, 2013

Bus stop safety questioned

Mom requests signs after crash

By Felicia A. Petro/Senior Reporter
Allied News

GROVE CITY — A Grove City Area School District mother is concerned about her daughter's safety while waiting for the school bus.

Michelle Reisker told school directors on Monday about an accident on Route 208 in Springfield Township involving her daughter and the bus on Jan. 23.

School was delayed two hours that day, so the eighth-grader and her grandmother waited for the bus at the end of the family driveway, which is along the hill near Shaw Road before the turn into Volant.

The girl is the first to be picked up in the morning, her mom said. After she entered the bus, "A pickup truck tried to pass it, but then stopped on the brakes and hit the back of the bus," Reisker said.

The bus' stop lights were still activated, and her daughter hadn't quite sat down, her mother said.

The girl was jerked around but not badly hurt; however, "She's shaken up, her back is sore," Reisker said. "This is her first accident."

Reisker is nervous as well, and asked school directors about getting two "Caution: School Bus Stop Ahead" signs placed closer to her home on 208, on either side of the road, she said.

There is one sign farther down the hill from her house, but it's in Washington Township and belongs to Wilmington schools.

Reisker described the end of her lane as a kind of "blind spot" for passing motorists, who often speed when traveling.

Her daughter does not cross the road to get on her bus as soon as the stop lights are activated. The 13-year-old makes sure there are no vehicles coming, as she had been nearly hit before, Reisker said.

School directors weren't sure if obtaining signs was under the control of the district, but would find the answer for Reisker.

"Your daughter's safety is our priority," said Sue Herman, board president.

Published Feb. 16, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.