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Nash County girl in fair condition after bus-stop crash

Posted June 4, 2008

— Hospital workers upgraded a 7-year-old girl to fair condition Wednesday after a pickup truck hit her Tuesday.

Baileigh Long, a student at Swift Creek School, was initially listed in serious condition after being hit while crossing the road to get on a school bus.

The crash happened on Swift Creek School Road, several miles from her school.

Baileigh was in the intensive care unit at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Steven Dail said.

Dail said the school bus was coming to a stop when the girl walked out in front of oncoming traffic at about 7:23 a.m. The stop arm, a safety device that students are told to wait for before they approach the bus, had not extended. The bus did have caution lights on, however.

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


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  • AshleyandJoeCarson Jun 6, 2008

    I am so glad that little girl is doing ok but my question would be .. Where were her parents? a 7 year old is not mature enough to cross the street without parental supervision..

  • mrh2008 Jun 5, 2008

    mlbangel81.... i am glad she is doing well me and my family and my church have been praying for her every day and if there is anything you all need please dont hesitate to ask.....

  • mlbangel81 Jun 5, 2008

    The bus driver had her lights blinking and thought that the truck was approaching the bus at a speed that it would not have been able to stop, was told the stop sign was not put out so I am just assuming this part now, all the above has what has been stated to me.., but I am assuming according to my older Granddaughter that the bus stopped and the little sister turned and said something to her, I am guessing she thought automatically there is the bus, its stopped, the next thing to happen is the door opens?? only God knows I guess, but that is when my granddaughter ran accross to get on the bus. All I know is that yes we are blessed and my prayers are with EVERYONE involved, I can't imagine even though I do all the time and I have not been able to sleep since it has happened. What is important to me right now is that my babies are safe. Keep us in your prayers and once again thank you and please when school starts again express extreme caution to your child everyday!!!

  • mlbangel81 Jun 5, 2008

    I would like to start by saying thank you everyone with your kind words and prayers. I am the little girl's Grandmother and we have truely been blessed. Angel wings were placed on my baby Tuesday morning. Please continue to keep my family in your prayers. I would like to say a little bit about what I know, because all of us can say what you could of, should of or would have done but we don't really know until placed in the situation. My heart and prayers go out to everyone involved, especially my Granddaughter that was hurt but also her big sister that was waiting to get on the bus with her. She was truely a brave big sister that morning; and yes she is doing good. I know we tell our children over and over about walking into traffic as someone mentioned, but remember she is a child and was excited because these are the last "fun days" of school with parties awards and etc./ and with their inocent nature are very trusting in how things work. The bus driver had her lights blinking.......

  • mrh2008 Jun 4, 2008

    i know the Baileigh's dad and i am praying for her everyday and its sad that she was hit and thank god shes going to be ok..everyone know you dont walk out into traffic and you always are suppose to slow down when you see a school bus coming to a stop...JL i hope shes doing well each day

  • CLR Jun 4, 2008

    I don't think there is any good excuse for hitting that child when the bus is stopped and the caution lights were on. JMHO, but when I see a bus coming towards me I'm ready for the lights to come on and prepared to stop. I think he should be charged.

  • pantheelsfan Jun 4, 2008

    My thoughts and PRAYERS go out to this little girl and her family.. I wish you a speedy recovery.. My PRAYERS are also with the person that hit her... GOD BLESS ALL..

  • Meandmytwo Jun 4, 2008

    Praying for the child, family and friends. I also will be praying for the man that hit her. I could not even imagine what he is going through.

  • wrrgirl Jun 4, 2008

    My heart goes out to the driver of the truck. What a horrible experience to have to live with for the rest of his life. It's easy to pass judgment. We were not there, we don't know exactly what the situation was. I really do not think it's fair to assume that he was being irresponsible. If anything this should make parents more aware of teaching children about bus safety. Life comes fast and accidents happen quickly. Maybe we should just pray for these people and not try to always place blame.

  • jimmycrackcorn Jun 4, 2008

    Who cares if the arm was not out. If the caution lights were on, that means warning. Is getting to your destination by beating the red stop lights on the bus worth running over a child??? I see people trying to beat red lights every day here and being that I ride a motorcycle it bothers me. You would not believe how many accidents I have seen at two intersections on High House Rd due to people trying to beat the light. It's like they are on a suicide mission. You'd think the time spent at an accident scene would over ride the 3 minutes you saved by running the light.