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School Offers Counseling after Child Hit by Car Passing Stopped School Bus

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) —  A young child is recovering after being hit by a car that was passing a school bus and now Amherst school administrators are offering counseling to students.

Officials say that around 2:30 p.m. Friday, a child was crossing in front of a stopped school bus on South East Street, near the Fort River School, when a car allegedly tried to pass the bus and hit the child.

The bus had its stop sign extended and its lights flashing.

That elementary school-aged child suffered minor injuries.

No word if any charges have been filed.

In a statement on the Amherst Regional Public School website, school authorities say,”Since Middle and High School students on the bus may have witnessed this accident and may have questions or concerns, counselors will be available tomorrow morning, Saturday, December 8, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the middle school. This is expectedly an upsetting incident and evokes strong feelings. Please feel free to come in with your child tomorrow morning for us to help support all of you. Counselors are also always available during school hours. Please contact your child’s school office if you want to connect with a counselor on Monday.”

Back in October, local police, the Mass. Department of Transportation, and school bus companies participated in “Operation Yellow Blitz” in 70 cities and towns across the state.

The goal of the operation was “to draw attention to the problem of vehicles illegally passing school buses that were picking-up and discharging school pupils,” according to a press release from MassDOT.

Among the western Mass. towns involved in the program were Amherst, Gill, Greenfield, and Westfield.

In the one day blitz, 32 motorists were found illegally passing buses. No citations were issued in the western Mass. communities.

Violators can be issued a $250 fine for their first offense.

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