ACTON (CBS) – A middle school student was struck by a school van and seriously hurt in Acton Friday morning.

Police chief Richard Burrows said the girl, an eighth grader, was crossing Main Street at Hayward Road in the crosswalk when she was hit at 7:20 a.m.

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A girl’s sneaker and a backpack were left at the scene after the crash. (WBZ-TV)

“I heard screams and there were a lot of screams and loud screams,” said Jon Chase, who lives nearby.  “It was very upsetting seeing someone lying in the street.  Lots of people were hugging and crying.”

“An incident of this nature is very traumatic, especially if it’s a child,” said Acton Police Lt. Doug Sturniolo.

The 14-year-old, who attends the RJ Grey Middle School, was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital on a Medflight rescue helicopter.

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The school van that police say struck the girl. (Photo credit: Nick Giovanni – WBZ-TV)

Police later said she is in serious, but stable condition.

The van driver, a 50-year-old woman, was “hysterical,” according to investigators, who described the scene as “chaotic.”  She was driving a Westford Public Schools van.

“One of our special education vans was unfortunately involved in the pedestrian accident this morning in Acton. The thoughts and prayers of our entire school system are with the student who was injured and her family. We are all hoping for a complete recovery,” Westford Superintendent Everett Olsen said in a statement.

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The school crossing at Main Street at Hayward Road in Acton. (WBZ-TV)

New signs and flashing lights were installed at the crosswalk just a few weeks ago, because the area had become so dangerous.

“There have been multiple, multiple accidents, right here on this corner,” said Chase.

An accident reconstruction team remained at the scene for hours after the crash.  There’s still no word on a cause.

No charges have been filed at this point in the investigation.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Comments (3)
  1. De Robinson says:

    I see the Boxborough and Acton Buses and Van Buses, drive fast all the time.
    Called the bus company and the school. They do nothing. I almost got hit by a AB one las week , he was barrelling around a corner on Davidson Road. I called the PD at one time, but unless they see it they can’t do anything.

  2. This intersection has needed a REAL set of lights for the past 10+ years. Oh and by the way, I frequent Hayward rd. Those nice new cross walk lights they installed?…DON’T WORK YET!. I have seen MANY a kid or walker hit the buttons and nothing happens. I guess the town forgot to tell the investigators and reporters that. It says right there in the story that many many BAD accidents have happened there. I have witnessed plenty. Yet, still no lights ANYWHERE on 27 where they are needed, like here on Hayward or up in the center. I guess a town with so many rich residents has better things to spend their money on.

  3. The school buses in Acton are the worst drivers! I’ve had them tailgate me, honk at me for not running yellow lights, cut me off. They think they own the road. And reporting them is futile the Acton police aren’t concerned. This intersection and the one at Taylor near the arboretum are terrible. I’ve nearly been hit several times because people drive too fast are not paying attention and do not yield to people in the crosswalk.

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