SUMMIT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Two 10-year old Butler County children are recovering at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh after they were struck by a car near their Summit Township home.
The boy and girl attend the Summit Elementary School and had just gotten off their school bus near a bus stop in front of their homes.
They went to retrieve mail in their mailboxes across the street, and were struck by a northbound car on Route 356, also known as Freeport Road.
The 27-year-old female driver of the car, from the city of Butler, appeared to be shaken, according to eyewitnesses.
State Police at the Butler barracks said she was not charged in the accident. The victims were both flown to Pittsburgh by helicopter.
“I heard a thump and it didn’t sound like somebody hitting another car, it sounded like somebody hit somebody,” Neighbor Carol Aller told KDKA TV.
Another neighbor, Bill Rassman, said people drive too fast on the stretch of highway in front of his home.
“The boy was on that side of the berm and the girl was over on this side, so it threw them,” he said.
Rassman said passersby tended to the two young victims before police and paramedics arrived, including a truck and a nurse who stopped after they saw the injured children lying alongside the highway.