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Woman hit by school bus dies

10.19.10 Update:An 89-year-old Falls Church woman died Monday night after she was hit by an Arlington County school bus earlier in the day.

Arlington County police said Louise Gabel was struck by a school bus driving along its normal route at about 7:30 a.m.

The bus turned at the intersection of Carlin Springs Road and South 8th Road and struck Gabel.

There were 12 children on the bus at the time of the crash, and none of them were injured, police said. The bus and its driver remained on the scene, and Gabel was taken to an area hospital, where she later died as a result of her injuries.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash and have not yet publicly identified the school bus driver.

-- Josh White

Original post: Arlington County police say they are investigating an accident that happened about 7:30 a.m. Monday when a school bus struck a pedestrian at South Eight and Carlin Springs roads.

Police said the woman was taken to a local hospital and is in critical condition.

Twelve children were aboard the bus, which was on its regular route and remained on the scene. None of the children were injured, police said.

The accident is under investigation. People who witnessed the incident or have information may call Det. Paul Marseilles at 703-228-4237.

By Michael Bolden  | October 19, 2010; 6:34 PM ET
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For six long years the Campbell School community and three Campbell School
principals have been petitioning the Arlington Traffic Control department
for any or all of the following:

1. school zone signs
2. a crosswalk
3. turn lanes with traffic lights for school entry and exit hours
4. a stop light to allow cars and pedestrians to enter and exit S. Carlin
Springs safely

Last year Campbell got a turn lane (but no lights) for traffic entering from
the east and school zone signs.

We were so pleased.

However, it seems to take a fatality or disabling injury to get the
Arlington Traffic Control department to acknowledge a dangerous situation
and take steps to ameliorate it. Before a (community requested) stop sign
was installed at the intersection of the Custis and Four Mile Run bike
paths, a bicyclist had to become a quadriplegic.

Posted by: soszey | October 19, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

If more bicyclists went "quadriplegic" maybe some would start respecting traffic laws.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 20, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

It is a shame that getjiggly1's anonymity permits him/her to say such a hateful thing. Cyclists make mistakes, just as drivers and pedestrians do--such as the people who walk in front of me from between cars in the bike lane and cars who buzz me at less than the law of 2 feet. We do not deserve such derision.

Posted by: 1shot | October 20, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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