5-year-old hit by bus in Moberly, taken to Columbia hospital

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MOBERLY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating after a 5-year-old child was hit by a bus in Moberly Monday morning.

The Moberly Police Department and Moberly Fire Department arrived at the 300 block of East Burkhart, just after 9 a.m. Monday morning.

The child was taken to University Hospital. The school district said, "the injuries were significant, but not life threatening."

Due to the child's injuries, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Accident Reconstruction Team is now handling the investigation.

The Moberly Public School District sent a letter to North Park Elementary school parents, "One of our school buses, bus 14, was involved in a traffic accident on East Burkhart Street when a student ran in front of a moving bus and was struck."

"All other students were cleared by medical personnel on scene and allowed to board another bus to go to school," the school district said. "Our transportation department has a very safe driving record, and this was an isolated incident"

The bus driver belonged to Apple Bus company, and was not cited for the incident.

In an email Tuesday, Moberly Superintendent Matthew Miller said the district safely transports "hundreds of students hundreds of miles every day."

He said he is confident the drivers are well-trained.

"I trust my child with them every day," he said.

Miller also said counselors provided support for students on the bus and in the child's class.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with new information.