Child hit while crossing road to board Washington Co. school bus

Becky Campbell • Nov 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

A 12-year-old Washington County girl was hit by a vehicle early Monday morning while attempting to cross the road to get on a school bus, police said.

It happened around 6:30 a.m. on Tenn. Highway 81 South, according to THP Sgt. Diane Mays.

She said there was little information she could release at the time because the accident was under investigation.

The girl was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injures, and Washington County Director of Schools Ron Dykes said the child was in stable condition.

Dykes said the bus driver and witnesses at the scene indicated the bus had stopped with its flashing lights when the car failed to stop and struck the child, despite reports to the contrary.

“(The driver) personally indicated that she had cracked the door, which automatically activates the flashing lights and extends the stop sign,” Dykes said.

The THP was scheduled to view video from the bus’ on-board camera today during the course of the investigation, Dykes said.

The director also said Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies would immediately begin increasing patrols and riding buses on routes in the area where the child was struck because of numerous complaints about speeding vehicles on 81S and cars failing to yield to school buses with flashing lights.

THP Sgt. Paul Mooneyham and Trooper James Nienast were on the early morning scene.

Mays said more information might be available Tuesday.

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