By Staff

BRAINTREE (CBS) – An 11-year-old girl was seriously injured when she was struck by a school bus in Braintree Friday afternoon.

Police said the girl was conscious and alert when she was taken to the hospital with her mother. The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. on Hillside Road near East Middle School.

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Braintree School Superintendent Jim Lee said the student was struck while crossing the street.

“Everybody was just shocked,” one student said. “When we were coming back we just saw like a lot of teachers running and a lot police cars and so we were just following and we saw the bus and we saw like the ambulances and stuff and she was like under the bus.”

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It happened just a quarter mile from the school. EMTs, firefighters and police pulled the girl out from under the bus and got her in an ambulance to go to a Boston hospital.

Police said she appears to have serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The superintendent is taking this chance to warn parents to educate kids about safety when walking to and from school.

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Braintree Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating the incident. Staff