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School Transition Guard Hit by Vehicle – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

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School crossing guard hit by vehicle

Published Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 15:44

NATCHEZ — A crosswalk guard was hit by a car at school dismissal at Gilmer McLaurin Elementary Tuesday afternoon.

The accident involved the security guard, a school bus and a private vehicle, Natchez Police Chief Joseph Daughtry said.

“The crossing guard stopped the traffic and buses arrived. As the fourth bus pulled away, for some reason a lady hit the bus and when she did, her vehicle swerved and hit the crossing guard,” Daughtry said.

The crossing guard was coherent when he was transported to the hospital, Daughtry said. The school bus had 12 children and the driver in it and no one was injured.

The driver of the vehicle appeared upset and was taken to hospital as a precaution, Daughtry said. No other injuries have been reported at this time.

Investigators aren’t sure why the driver didn’t see the guard, he said, adding, “Maybe the sun was in her eyes. We are not sure.” They do not suspect that drugs or alcohol were involved.

“I’m thankful it wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” he said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.