7-year-old boy hit by his own school bus

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School-Zone-AccidentsFERNDALE, Wash. — A 7-year-old boy was hit and injured by his school bus Thursday after he got off at his stop and walked in front of the vehicle, the Washington State Patrol said.  The boy had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.

The school bus was stopped at 4283 Lummi Shore Dr. in Whatcom County, when the boy, Jay J. Pom, got of the bus and walked in front of the vehicle, probably to cross the road. The school bus “rolled forward over (the) pedestrian,” the State Patrol report said.

The extent of the boy’s injuries were not disclosed. It was also unknown where he attended school.

The State Patrol report listed the cause of the accident as “driver inattention” and said the accident was under investigation.

The bus driver was a 56-year-old man from Ferndale.


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  • virginia

    i thought that the bus drivers where supposed to have the most precaution then anyone I'm
    sure it was an accident but i just can't or dont understand how this could have happen my prayers are with him and his family.God bless his little precious heart

  • Mrs Drury

    My heart goes out to the family of the little boy hit by his own school bus. I pray he will be ok.

    My own son last year was nearly hit twice due to the bus driver failing to put the stop sign out in time before my son crossed the road. I am just thankful I was there to witness the situation. I complained. The situation was handled promptly. My concern, too many children on the buses. Its un safe.

    I personally don't know the specific situation. If the district/area can not afford school buses with less children. (add another bus) Then please add an assistant for the drivers for a second pair of eyes to help children cross the road etc.. I personally think no child should cross the road to catch the bus.
    The children should be picked up curve side. I think an assistant on the bus would help.

    Keep us posted on the status of the little boy. How heart breaking.

    • Donna E

      "My own son last year was nearly hit twice due to the bus driver failing to put the stop sign out in time before my son crossed the road."

      Failing to put the stop sign out in time? Seriously? A child should never ENTER the road UNTIL the stop paddle is out. Sometimes the driver has to wait for an oncoming car that wouldn't be able to stop quickly enough if the stop paddle was displayed. An adult who waits with a child at the bus stop should NEVER, EVER, EVER allow a child to enter the roadway until it is absolutely safe!!!

  • David

    School bus drivers should disengage the trans mission put into park mode when dealind with children exiting to their destination. If the bus was in PARK MODE it would be a very high probability this wouldnt have happened We dont need to add more people to the tax payers bill just use common sense

  • Not needed

    Bus drivers are supposed to secure their vehicles when they board or exit passengers. Obviously this procedure was overlooked by the driver.

  • guest

    When I was in school we weren't allowed to cross in front of the bus until the bus driver checked all mirrors and waved us across. I don't know if that was a precaution our particular bus driver did or if that was the school district policy, but I like that idea. Poor sweet little boy, I pray that he is okay.