PALERMO – A female student was hit by a car while getting on a school bus Tuesday morning on Route 9 in Upper Township.
New Jersey State Police said that the 14-year-old girl suffered severe injuries and was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Trauma Center. She was boarding a bus to Ocean City High School at about 7:15 a.m. Jan. 3 when she was hit.
Police said the school bus was stopped in the northbound lane of Route 9 with flashing red lights and a stop sign visible when a 1999 Toyota Corolla traveling south failed to stop. The car hit the girl as she was crossing Route 9 near the intersection of West Ocean Avenue, according to a press release.
After being transported to Atlantic City, the girl was taken to Cooper Medical Trauma Center in Camden for treatment, police said.
The juvenile driver and passenger in the Corolla were not injured, police said. Police said no further information concerning the pedestrian or Corolla occupants could be released.
State police, the Marmora Volunteer Fire Company, and Upper Township Division of EMS were called to the scene near West Ocean Avenue and Route 9 in the Palermo section of Upper Township. The New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and Troop A Criminal Investigation Office also responded.
Traffic on Route 9 was diverted to Stagecoach Road for more than two hours.