A young student and his mother have died after a tragic accident in Westchester County, New York.

Mother and Son Die in Tragic Bus Accident

The Associated Press is reporting that a 6-year-old boy and his mother have died after a tragic bus accident in Westchester County on Thursday, June 20th, 2024.

Around 8:30 am on June 20th, a kindergartener and his 43-year-old mother were walking "about half a block from Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School" when a yellow minibus hit them" according to the AP.

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Sadly, the young boy was killed instantly, while his mother was transported to a local hospital to be treated. The mother later succumbed to her injuries.

The AP reports that there was a group of parents and students "crossing the street at the crosswalk with the walk sign on as the bus was turning left on Mamaroneck Avenue with a green light."

Police report that the driver is currently not being charged as it appears it was a "tragic accident." There were several students and an aide on the bus, but no injuries were reported.

Bus Safety Tips in New York State

As we wait to find out more details of the accident after the investigation, this is a good time to remind drivers and students about bus safety protocols.

While we don't know how the accident above happened, there are steps to take when it comes to keeping kids safe around school arrival and dismissal times.

If you see a bus come to a full stop, with the stop sign out, while driving on two-lane and multi-lane roads or on a divided highway, you must stop no matter what side of the bus you are on.

READ MORE: School Bus Safety Initiative Launches in Orange County, New York

Take a look at the diagram below courtesy of the New York State DMV:

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According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicle, children ages 4 to 8 (or grades K through 3) are "most susceptible to a school bus fatality." The DMB adds that this age group "represents less than 35% of the student population" and they were involved in 69% of fatalities in 2023.

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