Truck Hits Crossing Guard, Child

INDIANA (KDKA) — A vehicle accident in Indiana County sent a crossing guard and an 11-year-old child to the hospital Friday morning.

The accident happened at the intersection of Fourth and Philadelphia Streets around 8:30 a.m.

According to a police officer at the scene, the driver of a truck was making a left turn onto Philadelphia Street when he struck the victims.

“She had the light to go across Philadelphia street and she did just so. She had a minor child with her,” said Ofc. Jenny Lenhart, of Indiana Borough Police. “They walked from the north side of the street to the south side of the street and as they crossed the street, a truck made a left hand turn into the crosswalk, striking both of them.”

The crossing guard, Ruth McGeary, 86, was taken to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown.

The child was also taken to the hospital.

At this point, officials have not released any information on the extent of their injuries.

“It was a bad sight, I mean, he stopped, he sat right here with his truck, he didn’t try to leave anywhere,” said Arthur Havens, a witness. “But, people are just trying to go somewhere too fast, too soon, when they don’t have too.”

Authorities say no charges have by filed so far, but the investigation continues.

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  • Amanda

    I live right where this happend i walk everywhere to get where im going. Sad part of all this is drivers don’t care about people walking anymore! I walked to see what was going on well i started to walk back i almost got hit by a pendot truck! Then i walk back down after it all to go to the store and almost got hit again 2 more times and the walk sign was on. People just dont care and something needs to be done and SOON!!

  • Sara Sams

    Put Cameras up !! We have them here in Fla. and you would not believe the difference it has mad. The ticket start at $ 265.00 first offence.Pedestrians have the right of way at a cross walk ..

  • kelley latson

    as a parent of children at horace mann, it is important for me to remind our community that we need to be more careful of the school children. we have so many walkers going to our school, yet so many people fly down these roads. also, the child that was injured is a third grader, and i believe a nine year old…not eleven. again, please remember that our children are out in the mornings and afternoons so, please slow down

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