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School crossing guard struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle.

New Jersey Department of Health
NIOSH 2006 Nov; :1-11
On October 25, 2005, an 81-year-old female school crossing guard was struck by a large sport utility vehicle (SUV) after stepping into the street to stop traffic. The incident occurred on a wide, two-lane road near a suburban high school. It was a few minutes after sunrise when she walked into the southbound lane crosswalk and raised her hand-held stop sign towards the northbound traffic to cross three children waiting at the curb. It was cloudy and raining, and visibility was poor. As her back was turned to the traffic, a crossing guard for a neighboring town was driving his SUV to work. He reportedly saw the victim step off the curb, but was not able to stop in time to avoid hitting the victim, who became trapped underneath the vehicle. Witnesses called 911, and an immediate rescue effort was launched to extricate the victim. She was transported to the local hospital where she died of her injuries a few hours later. NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1. School crossing guards should be fully equipped with safety gear including retroreflective vests, raincoats, and stop signs; 2. Municipalities should be aware of and follow the national Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standards and NJ State laws regarding school crossing guards and traffic control at schools; 3. Municipalities should consider additional measures to increase visibility or slow traffic at intersections during school crossing periods.
Region-2; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-performance
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05NJ090; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health