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Students walking along train tracks to get to school causing safety concerns in Hillsborough County

TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County has helped identify several safety concerns as students go to and from Middleton High School.

They've found crosswalk and street markings are hardly visible in some spots. There are also several gaps in sidewalks around the school.

“I stay away from cars," one student told ABC Action News. "Like I stay on the far end of the sidewalk."

There are also several spots where there are dark streets because of a lack of street lights, a school safety transportation assessment found. 

Some students are walking to school as early as 6:30 a.m., crossing busy Hillsborough Avenue and then walking along the CSX train tracks as a back route to the school, another danger.

“You have to come out early sometimes just to watch the kids sometimes to make sure that everybody makes it," a father told ABC Action News.

Administrators at Middleton High School spent the end of the school year working to talk with students about biking and pedestrian safety, but they say it's still not enough and are pushing for further solutions.

Middleton H.S. isn't the only school where county leaders have found there to be dangerous walking and biking conditions for kids. Check out the full school walking and biking safety study.

If you've identified a potentially dangerous walking condition near your child's school and want school leaders to check it out, fill out this form here and submit it to Hillsborough County Schools.


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