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Stop arm not used before student hit by car while getting off school bus in Alamance County

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- The bus driver who failed to use amber warning lights and the red lights, stop sign and stop bar before an 8-year-old boy was hit by a car while getting off a school bus in Alamance County has resigned, according to Alamance-Burlington School System officials.

The incident happened on N.C. 62 near Elder Lane just after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The area is within the village of Alamance just south of Burlington.

The Alamance-Burlington School System was operating on a half-day, which is why students were on buses at the time.

The bus stopped and the boy tried to cross N.C. 62 when a Ford Taurus headed southbound on N.C. 62 hit the boy, according to Highway Patrol Master Trooper Chris Knox.

The boy was seriously injured and taken by ambulance to Alamance Regional Medical Center, according to Knox. The boy was later airlifted to UNC Hospital and is in stable condition.

Knox says he has multiple broken bones and a long recovery ahead.

Knox said the boy attends E.M. Holt Elementary School. The Alamance-Burlington School System said the principal rode the bus with students on Thursday and counselors talked to the boy’s first grade class. Others are also available, if anyone needs to talk.

Hillary Griffin saw the boy get hit. She was in a car stopped behind the school bus.

”It was sad for the boy and his family and the poor woman who hit him because she didn't mean to and the kids who were on the bus,” Griffin said. “Luckily, the school has protocols for that because counselors were out there very quickly speaking with the children on the bus.”

Donald Webster says he lives across the street from where the boy lives.

“I spoke with his papa, Donnie McCormick, and Donnie is relieved his injuries are no more severe than they first anticipated,” Webster said.

There is no word on charges for the driver of the Taurus or the driver of the bus at this time. Trooper Knox says there is no specific law that says it’s illegal for the bus driver to fail to initiate the warning signals.

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