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Student hit by car while boarding bus, authorities investigating

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Posted at 11:05 AM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 08:14:27-04

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) - A middle student was hit by a car Wednesday morning while trying to get on the bus, officials confirm. 

Georgia State Patrol has confirmed that a middle school student was struck by a car Wednesday morning on Cat Creek Road, as the student attempted to get on the bus.

Troopers say the crash happened around 7:14 a.m. when a Nissan Murano traveling north on Cat Creek Road hit a 13-year-old girl who was preparing to board the school bus.

The student has since been transported to South Georgia Medical Center for minor injuries and is currently undergoing tests.

According to GSP, the driver stated that the school bus was slowing down, but wasn't completely stopped when children began running in the road. The bus driver, however, claimed he was completely stopped during the crash.

An investigation of the incident is ongoing as troopers work to obtain the video from the school bus.

Lowndes County Schools released the following statement regarding the crash:

"Lowndes County Schools confirm that a middle school student was struck by a car this morning on Cat Creek Road, as the student attempted to get on the bus.  The student was transported to South Georgia Medical Center and is currently undergoing tests.  An investigation of the incident is ongoing.

At the beginning of the school year, we encourage drivers to be extra careful as they approach bus stops, students getting on and off of buses, students walking to school, and school buses preparing to stop. Student safety is our top priority!"