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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Grand Forks residents are questioning street safety after multiple children have been hit by cars.

There was another close call on Wednesday.

WDAZ’s Kenneth Chase saw a school bus full of kids slide off the road and almost took out a traffic light at the intersection of South Washington and 32nd.

On Tuesday, a little girl was attempting to cross the road near Lewis and Clark Elementary, where a little girl was attempting to cross the road, when a driver couldn't keep control of his car.

This isn't an isolated incident.

Last week, a child slipped and fell in the crosswalk and was hit by a car while trying to get up.

“This has got to be the worst year since we’ve lived here, almost 30 years or so,” said resident Kathy Horn.

Close calls are all too common lately for people in Grand Forks.

“I'm scared for kids is what I'm really scared about," said Horn.

Public works had four trucks out salting the roads since before dawn, but they weren't putting out brine or salt yesterday. The says there is no way to prepare for this weather.

"Even before the rain the streets just weren't graded enough I don't think,” said Horn.  

Police say while ice is covering most roads in tow--some of the accidents are caused by drivers going too fast for winter weather, making traction harder to find.  

Making traction harder to find

If you do get in an accident -- police say it's better if you give them a call.

They say an officer will come to your location and file a report.