ELGIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - A six-year-old child who was attending Elgin Elementary School for the summer was airlifted after being hit by an 18-wheeler on U.S. 290, near Christenen Road, east of Elgin Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Elgin Fire Department, an 18-wheeler went around a stopped Elgin ISD bus, clipping the bus and hitting the child, however the Texas Department of Public Safety and Elgin ISD both say the bus and the 18-wheeler did not make contact at all.
The child was awake and conscious, but was still airlifted as a precaution. Fire officials say the child did not seem to be in critical condition at the time.
Elgin ISD Superintendent Dr. Jodi Duron issued a statement Wednesday on the incident:
DPS said the call came in at 4:12 p.m.
DPS said the driver of the 18-wheeler didn't realize the bus had stopped so they swerved into the shoulder/ditch area and blew the horn. The child tried to run but was clipped by the front end of the truck. DPS also stated the bus was stopped with all its lights active.
The 18-wheeler did not flee the scene.
Westbound traffic on 290 was closed for approximately an hour and a half but has since opened back up.