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Future school bus changes after child was struck

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Posted: Aug 27, 2014 6:14 PM by Ambria Washington
Updated: Aug 27, 2014 6:14 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: school bus, east feliciana, bus changes, child hit

CLINTON - East Feliciana school officials are making some major changes after a child was struck while getting off the bus on Monday.

Erin Loften said she saw the girl get hit by a truck.

"It took my breathe away. I couldn't breath I couldn't think about anything but just God please let her make it," said Loften, lives in Clinton.

It's one of the reasons why East Feliciana school officials are scrambling to fully implement a new legislative law that requires all buses to drop kids on the right side. School officials said they started making changes in the beginning of the school year, but have decided to pick up the pace after a student was hit along a major highway.

"Our major streets where we definitely need to go ahead and began making those changes as soon as possible, and looking at our transition plans as far as all the communities that our buses have to go into determine the phases that we'll take in to working towards that full implementation," said Superintendent Henderson Lewis.

East Feliciana school officials said they're working with their transportation department to come up with a plan to avoid any child from crossing any major highway.

"Education first means safety first," said Lewis. "So, we want to make sure that our students are safe the entire time from the time that they're with us from the time they return home each day.We will work very hard so we can continue to ensure safety to all of our students here."

The child who was involved in the accident is still in critical condition suffering from a number of broken bones.

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