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Nash County girl in fair condition after bus-stop crash

Posted June 4, 2008 6:42 a.m. EDT
Updated June 4, 2008 11:05 a.m. EDT

— 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.