FALL RIVER – An Edmond P. Talbot Middle School student was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Wednesday morning after being struck by a car as she walked to her bus stop.
Police spokesman Detective J.D. Costa said the 13-year-old girl was crossing the street at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Herman Street at 6:23 a.m. when she was struck by a car traveling south on Highland Avenue. The vehicle was being operated by a 22-year-old man.
Costa said the ambulance carrying the victim to Providence was met at the Rhode Island state line by Rhode Island state troopers who provided an escort to the hospital.
Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown said the girl’s mother informed Talbot Principal Elizabeth Coogan Wednesday afternoon that the girl was in critical condition.
Costa said a group of students waiting for the bus witnessed the accident. Mayo-Brown said the bus picking up those students arrived at the stop just after the accident. She said the students were provided with school counselors upon arrival to Talbot to address any concerns. She said some students were sent home at the student’s request.
Mayo-Brown said the victim and students at the bus stop are part of the English language learners program at Talbot.
Among the witnesses, Mayo-Brown said, was the girl’s brother, who immediately ran home to inform family.
“They’re experiencing a variety of emotions,” Mayo-Brown said of the students who witnessed the accident. “The adjustment counselors are just trying to help them understand what happened.”
She said services will remain at the school for those students for an “extended amount of time.”
Mayo-Brown said that with the exception of cancelling a pep rally planned for Wednesday in advance of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams, Coogan is trying to maintain as regular a routine as possible for the school.
She said the school and district will review bus stop safety, but acknowledged there have been few accidents at or near bus stops during the current school year.
“Anything of this nature can be used as a teachable moment,” Mayo-Brown said. “We will meet with the staff today to discuss the next steps and review safety protocols to ensure the safety of students getting to and from school.”
The accident remains under investigation by Uniform Division Officer Michael Digangi and the police department’s accident reconstruction unit.