HAYSVILLE, Kan. -- A child has been seriously injured after being hit by a pickup truck near a Haysville school.
It happened just after 8 a.m. near Nelson Elementary. That's near Grand and Delos in Haysville.
According to police, a six-year-old boy and his mother were waiting for the light at the school crosswalk to turn green. When it did, the boy stepped off the curb and was hit by an eastbound pickup truck.
The boy was dragged about 30 feet and pinned under the truck. He was taken by ambulance to a Wichita hospital, but has since been upgraded to fair condition.
He's been identified as six-year-old Chase Wayne Fountain.
The driver of the pickup told officers the sun was in his eyes and he didn't realize the light was red.
Police remain on scene investigating.
The Haysville school district released the following statement:
A Nelson Elementary School kindergarten student was injured this morning when he was hit by a truck in the cross walk on Grand Avenue on his way to school. Sedgwick County Fire Department Paramedics, Haysville Police Officers, Nelson Elementary Principal Mike Mitchener and several staff members responded to the accident. Our student was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Please keep the family in your thoughts.
The circumstances of the accident are under investigation by Haysville Police Department.
Extra counselors will be available today and Friday at Nelson Elementary to talk with students who may be experiencing strong emotions about the accident.
As always, the safety of students is our foremost concern. This time of year, the sun can impair the vision of drivers and walkers in early morning and late afternoon. Please remind your child to exercise caution when walking to and from school.