Safety

Student in Coma After Being Hit by Truck While Exiting School Bus

Nicole Schlosser
Posted on November 29, 2018
The 7-year-old Maryland girl safely crossed in front of her bus, which had its red lights on and stop arm out, then was hit by a truck, police said. File photo
The 7-year-old Maryland girl safely crossed in front of her bus, which had its red lights on and stop arm out, then was hit by a truck, police said. File photo

BRYANTOWN, Md. — A student here was seriously injured after being hit by a truck while crossing the street, having just exited her school bus on Tuesday afternoon, police said, and is now in a coma.

At 3:45 p.m., a Charles County Public Schools bus was stopped in the northbound lane of the roadway, dropping off a 7-year-old girl, according to a news release from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses said that the bus had activated its flashing red lights and stop arm. The girl safely crossed in front of the bus and was crossing the southbound lanes when she was struck by a Ford F-250 that was operated by a 35-year-old woman.

The driver of the truck remained on the scene and the girl was flown to Children’s Hospital with critical injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The crash is under investigation and charges are pending.

ABC7 reported on Wednesday that the girl, whom the news source identified as Skyla Shirriel, was put into a medically-induced coma on Tuesday evening. She is expected to survive, according to the news source.

Related Topics: Maryland, stop-arm running/illegal passing

Nicole Schlosser Managing Editor
Comments ( 10 )
  • Trish Hayden

     | about 15 days ago

    Wisconsin is one of the last states to implement the amber to red 8 way light system, and that was only 2-3 years ago. I can't remember exactly when. Prior to that, when we turned our warning lights on they came on red, and stayed red when the door was open. Vehicles stopped way earlier than they do now. Red means stop. Since we have started this new system, I have seen a large increase in vehicles running stop signs. Just like stop lights, when it is yellow we all want to get through it before it turns red. This is no different unfortunately. I think we need to go back to the all red warning light system. I do not believe more burden needs to put on already overburdened and under paid bus drivers. We do all we can to get kids to school and home safely. The main responsibility of this lies with the person behind the wheel not paying attention. Some of it also lies with the government. It doesn't take a genius to know that when vehicles run stop signs on buses, the ultimate price to be paid for this are the lives of the students. This has been happening for many, many years with absolutely nothing being done about it, but a small fine.

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