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Missoula parents focus on street crossing safety after accident

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Missoula parents are on high alert after a six-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street near her school bus stop Tuesday morning. Families that live along the road where it happened are trying to help their kids understand street safety. 

Some parents who live along Kona Ranch Road in Missoula are walking their kids directly to the bus stop doors. Shane O'Connell is one of those parents. He says a school safety officer has been on-board since the accident to help kids understand when it's safe to cross the street, but he's also working to help his son learn road rules. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a school bus ride is safer for kids than riding to school in a car. According to the NHTSA, the most dangerous part of riding a school bus is walking up to and away from it. They recommend standing about six feet away from the curb while waiting at a bus stop, and say to look right at drivers to make sure they can see pedestrians and will stop to let them cross. 

According to a Caring Bridge page for the six-year-old girl, she is being treated for her injuries at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for brain bleeding, swelling and multiple broken bones. Her family appreciates the love and support they've received. 

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