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State, district consider bus stop change after death

We continue to follow the investigation after a South Jordan fifth grader died by getting hit by a school bus last week. Tuesday, engineers with the State Department of Risk Management are reviewing the information gathered at the scene. Risk Management and Jordan School District personnel looked at the intersection to decide if the route or bus stop in question should change.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah)- We continue to follow the investigation after a South Jordan fifth grader died by getting hit by a school bus last week.

Tuesday, engineers with the State Department of Risk Management are reviewing the information gathered at the scene. Risk Management and Jordan School District personnel looked at the intersection to decide if the route or bus stop in question should change.

Balloons and pink boas still line the street where a 10-year-old girl died after getting off her bus and being hit by another bus on 4000 W 10570 S in South Jordan on Wednesday.

The initial police investigation shows that Seleny Crosby’s bus driver did not put on the alternating flashers and stop signs to indicate to other drivers not to pass.

“It's just going to grow and get busier and there's no reason why kids should be crossing 40th west in the first place,” said parent Chelsy Morton.

Now, the school district and the State Risk Management Office, who insures the district, are working to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“Where the bus stop is situated, where the bus stops, where children would cross the street if they need to, how the layout is, where the flow of traffic is so we can determine if there are any issues of safety there,” said Department of Administrative Services Spokesperson Marilee Richins.

Department of Administrative Services Spokesperson Marilee Richins says Seleny was killed in the crosswalk. Richins says Seleny’s parents asked for special permission for her to cross the street even though most students do not.

“Ultimately, because that's a busy road, we never want a child to cross that road,” said Richins.

Some parents criticized the district saying nothing is ever done until a child is hurt or worse, but Richins argues they’ve only had one fatality in ten years.

“We regularly do physical inspections. Can I say that every bus stop has been inspected? No, I can't say that. But for sure when parents go out and raise concerns we will go out and evaluate the circumstances,” said Richins.

Richins says she expects to see a full report by the end of the week. Those recommendations will be sent to the school district. District Spokesperson Sandy Riesgraf said today, “We’re waiting to hear back from State Risk Management. We will cooperate with whatever the state asks us to do there.”

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