Odd Language #179: Hit By Car

This news story (“Evansville school bus unloading students hit by car”) has a misleading headline.

The issue: Students were not hit by the car. It was the school bus that was hit by the car.

From the story: “Deputies say the driver of a red Pontiac Grand Prix exited a curve and noticed the school bus stopped in the opposing lane when he veered into the front of the bus to avoid hitting the children crossing the street.”

Misplaced modifiers ride again!