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School Bus Stops Changing in Wake of Girl's Death

Posted May 2, 2007 8:42 a.m. EDT
Updated May 4, 2007 3:57 p.m. EDT

— Three weeks after a 12-year-old girl was killed trying to catch her school bus, Wake County school administrators have decided to move several bus stops in Morrisville.

The school district's transportation department is moving seven bus stops affecting nine bus routes, beginning Thursday morning. Families of the 97 students affected by the changes will be notified by letter, officials said.

The bus stops are being moved from Morrisville-Carpenter Road between N.C. Highway 54 and Davis Drive into nearby subdivisions.

These are the bus stops affected by the change:

  • Morrisville-Carpenter and Gratiot
  • Morrisville-Carpenter and Kudrow
  • Morrisville-Carpenter and Misty Grove
  • Morrisville-Carpenter and Old Savannah
  • Morrisville-Carpenter and Leafy Creek
  • Morrisville-Carpenter and Madres
  • Morrisville-Carpenter and Bergeman

The buses that are affected by the change are as follows:

  • 127- Route 1 at Morrisville Elementary
  • 165- Route 1 at Cary High
  • 204- Route 8 at Martin Middle
  • 840- Route 1 at Cedar Fork Elementary
  • 895- Route 6 at Panther Creek High
  • 1027 –Route 24 at Lufkin Middle
  • 1147 – Route 30 at Enloe/Ligon Magnet
  • 1231 – Route 7 at West Cary Middle
  • 1231 - Route 14 at Green Hope High

Officials said the change will increase traffic in some neighborhoods and could lead to longer routes.

Anusha Vasudeva was hit by a minivan on April 9 as she ran across Morrisville-Carpenter Road to her school bus near the Ridgemont subdivision.

After the accident, neighborhood parents collected hundreds of names on petitions to ask that local bus stops be moved to side streets. The Morrisville Town Council also asked school district officials to move the stops.