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School bus safety lights were not on when boy was hit, Farmington police say

Police say the boy's bus was stopped, but the safety lights were not activated when the six-year-old was hit by a pickup truck on New Vineyard Road Monday morning.

FARMINGTON, Maine — A six-year-old boy is recovering from injuries after a pickup truck hit him Monday morning on New Vineyard Road while he was waiting to get on the school bus. 

Officer Ryan Rosie of the Farmington Police Department says the young student was preparing to get on the school bus when he was hit. Police say the school bus was stopped, but the safety lights were not activated.

The boy was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital with an apparent leg injury after being hit on Sept. 30. 

Officer Rosie says the incident is still under investigation. He says the child should be fine. There are no charges against the driver at this time. 

Officer Rosie says there was a parent at home at the time of the accident.

There are cameras on the school buses in RSU 9 according to Superintendent of Mt. Blue Regional School District Tina Meserve.  

Meserve says the district owns the bus fleet and the bus was equipped with a security camera that police are reviewing as part of their investigation. 

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RSU 9 which is a regional school district in Franklin County serving children in grades K-12 with one high school (Mount Blue High School), one middle school and four elementary schools, drawing students from Wilton, Farmington, Weld, Temple, Chesterville, New Vineyard, Industry, New Sharon, Starks and Vienna.

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