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2 children hit by car at Carbon County school bus stop

Published On: Feb 07 2013 08:20:01 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 08 2013 07:26:43 AM CST

Child struck at bus stop

SUMMIT HILL, Pa. -

A typical school day turned into chaos at a bus stop in Carbon County.

Two girls from the Panther Valley School District and a Good Samaritan were struck by a car, police said.  The two girls were crossing the intersection to get to their bus stop when they were hit.  A man who came to their aid was also hit.

It happened at the intersection of Market and Hazard Streets in Summit Hill, Carbon County.

"She was speeding," said witness Elizabeth Stephens.

"It was horrific. Most horrific thing I've seen," said Shannon Calfus.

The Summit Hill police chief says a woman was approaching the intersection to drop off her two grandchildren.

That's when the driver struck two sisters, aged 8 and 7, as they were crossing the intersection to get to their bus stop, said Chief Joseph Fittos, Jr.

"She got knocked down and the vehicle kept moving forward for a distance of 25 feet then stopped," he said.

People were yelling for her to back up so she could free the girl from the vehicle and that's when  she ran over the 7-year-old's foot and hit the man.

The bus stop is one of three bus stops for students in the Panther Valley School District.

According to police, it's also one of the most crowded.

None have crossing guards.

Superintendent Rosemary Parambo said the driver disregarded the bus's flashing lights and stop sign.

Parambo would not talk on camera but said the topic of hiring crossing guards will be brought up.

"I don't think it should be up for discussion.  Why would it be up for discussion?  It should be done tomorrow," said parent Shannon Calfus.

"You need someone to direct traffic to tell the person to stop," said Amy Craig.

If there's someone standing in the middle of the street, they're less likely to go through an intersection.

The names of those involved in Thursday's accident have not been released but we have been told the girls' injuries are not life-threatening.

They were flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

The man who was hit suffered only bruises.

As for the driver, no charges have been filed.  Police are continuing their investigation.