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Child hit at bus stop in Nash Co.

Posted June 3, 2008

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— A 7-year-old girl was listed in serious condition after being hit by a pickup truck Tuesday morning while crossing the road to get on a school bus on Swift Creek School Road several miles from her school.

Baileigh Long, a student at Swift Creek School, is in the intensive care unit at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Steven Dail said.

Dail said the school bus was coming to a stop when the child walked out in front of oncoming traffic at around 7:23 a.m.

The stop arm, a safety device students are told to wait for before approaching the bus, was not extended. The bus did have caution lights on.

Charges will not be filed against the driver of the truck, Henry Ricks of Whitakers.


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  • Meandmytwo Jun 3, 2008

    When I see the lights on a school bus, it makes me slow down right then and there. It really makes me alert. I pray that this child will be blessed and come out of this just fine. My heart goes out to her. God bless the family and friends.

  • jkca Jun 3, 2008

    When I was young (long ago), only the red lights and the stop sign arm came out, and the lights and arm were out right as the bus was coming to a stop. Unfortunately those yellow lights aren't foolproof.

  • Armando de Cabana Boy Jun 3, 2008

    Sad. I drove a school bus as a student in high school. I really don't like the two sets of lights on school buses today. I think they cause confusion for some folks and can cause people to speed up before the red lights come on. Hope the little girl can make a complete recovery!

  • missjain Jun 3, 2008

    My prayers go out to this little girl and her family...hope that everything works out. However, I feel that even though the safety/stop arm was not out, the other driver should have still stopped because of the caution light....you just never know when a kid is going to dart out. But I'm sure that the driver feels bad enough as it is so I'm not going to heap more on him/her. My prayers go out to all involved.