Elementary student injured in accident

Friday, November 17, 2017

The thick fog that blanketed Marshall County Thursday morning might have contributed to an accident that sent a six-year-old girl to the hospital.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the incident that occurred at approximately 7 a.m. on Fayetteville Highway and Adams Drive in Belfast.

According preliminary reports, a six-year-old girl was struck by a tractor trailer as she crossed the road to board her school bus.

The school bus was stopped with its warning lights and stop sign functioning at the time, according to THP.

The Oak Grove Elementary School student was transported to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital by ambulance.

The full extent of her injuries was not known as of press time, but a representative of the Marshall County School system said that the office had been informed that they were not life-threatening.

Investigation into the accident is continuing.

Jacob Sorrells, director of Marshall County Schools, issued the following statement about the incident:

This morning, at approximately 7:15, an 18 wheeler in oncoming traffic struck a Marshall County student as she attempted to cross Hwy. 431 South to board a Marshall County school bus. The student was transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville; her principal and Marshall County Schools Supervisor of Support Services followed. It is my understanding that she is with her family and in stable condition. Our thoughts and prayers remain with her and her family for a positive prognosis and speedy recovery. We would like to thank local Emergency Management Services, Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee State Troopers for their cooperation and help this morning.