Vehicle Collision with Student Pedestrians Crossing High Speed Roadway to Board School Bus

photo of accident school bus

The National Transportation Safety Board’s Office of Highway Safety hosted a webinar on its investigation of a Vehicle Collision with Student Pedestrians Crossing a High-speed Roadway to Board a School Bus that occurred in Rochester, Indiana on October 30, 2018. The fatal collision happened when the pickup truck failed to stop for the school bus, which was stopped on the northbound side of a two-lane road with a posted 55 mph speed limit. The school bus had stopped to pick up students who were waiting on the opposite side of the road. The school bus’s red warning lights were active, and its stop arm was extended. After being signaled by the school bus driver to cross, four students entered the roadway. The pickup truck, which was traveling south, struck the four children. Three children died and one suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.  On May 13, 2020 NTSB staff delivered a series of technical presentations regarding the investigation and the resultant safety recommendations.

See the webinar on the NTSB YouTube channel

Download the available presentations


Kristin Poland, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Highway Safety

Presentation 1
Rochester, Indiana Crash Investigation
Sheryl Harley, Investigator-in-Charge

Presentation 2
Education and Enforcement
Kenny Bragg, Senior Investigator

Presentation 3
School Bus Route Planning and Training
Shawn Currie, Senior Investigator

Presentation 4
Vehicle Technologies
Jerome Cantrell, Senior Investigator

Presentation 5
Safety Recommendations
Meg Sweeney, Ph.D., Project Manager

Q&A with the audience