Parents Call For School Zone Safety Improvements on Grand Island

January 19, 2011 Updated Jan 19, 2011 at 9:12 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

January 19, 2011 Updated Jan 19, 2011 at 9:12 PM EDT

(Grand Island, NY) According to the Grand Island Fire Company, a 12-year old boy was knocked over by a passing bus as he attempted to cross Ransom Road in front of his home. The boy was trying to get to school when the incident occurred. He was treated and released at Mount Saint Mary's Hospital.

The accident highlights a dangerous situation that students who walk to Grand Island High School and Verona E. Connor Middle School face everyday - traffic congestion.

This is the first year that both schools are starting and ending at the same time.

"It is madness," says concerned parent Tabitha McNamara. "It is very difficult for the children to get across. You are constantly seeing children darting between cars as they are pulling in and out of the high school and the middle school."

Residents want officials to add new safety enhancements such as crosswalks, traffic lights, a lower speed limit, and a crossing guard.