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Second grader hit by vehicle in East Limestone community

EAST LIMESTONE, Ala. - Emergency responders are working to help a girl who was hit by a vehicle on Tuesday afternoon.

State Troopers say that a school bus dropped the girl off at her yard and started to drive away.

Investigators on the scene said that it appears that the girl darted back into the road behind the bus and was struck by a car.

Officials with the Limestone County School System confirm that the child is a second grader at Johnson Elementary School.

It happened just after 3 p.m. on Copeland Road near East Limestone Road.

The child was treated at the scene by MedFlight personnel before being airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Authorities say that the girl is in critical condition.

The Limestone County Schools Director of Transportation, Rusty Bates said that their first concern right now will be for the girl and her family, then reassuring the students who were on board the bus, many of whom witnessed the accident, that anything that can be done for the child is being done for them.

There will also be counselors at Johnson Elementary School tomorrow to help other students deal with their grief and shock as to what happened.

The investigation is still continuing.

WHNT News 19 has a crew at the scene gathering more details.  We'll post more information shortly.