Rural Independence girl hit by van Friday morning

INDEPENDENCE —  Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks reports that a 7-year-old rural Independence girl was struck by a vehicle this morning (Friday, Oct. 21) as she was trying to board a school bus.

Dierks said Emily G. Myers was struck by a 1993 Ford Aerostar van driven by Joseph Graham at approximately 7:15 a.m., this morning on county road 5000 near county road 4900, which is commonly known as the Cherryvale Shortcut. Dierks said school bus pulled up in front of the Myers residence and had activated its flashing red lights but had not put out the STOP sign yet.  Dierks said that the bus driver saw the Ford van coming toward the school bus and tried to stop the children from entering the roadway, however Myers stepped out into the road and was struck by the Graham vehicle.

Myers was transported by Cherryvale EMS to the Labette County Medical Center in Parsons where she is being treated.  Dierks stated that at this time it appears that Myers is in good condition and is being treated at LCMC.

Dierks reminds everyone to be on the lookout for children entering the roadway, especially around school buses and to slow down anytime a school bus is near.

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