Girl, 9, awaiting school bus hit by pickup truck

SALLADASBURG — A 9-year-old girl waiting for her school bus on Route 287 was hospitalized with injuries she suffered Monday morning when she stepped out in front of a pickup truck and was struck as the bus was approaching her stop, according to state police.

The girl was reported in fair condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with injuries she suffered in the 6:45 a.m. accident, a nursing supervisor said Monday night.

Waiting with other children along the east berm of the road in the 4000 of Route 287, the girl stepped in front of a northbound truck driven by Shawn Samsel, of Williamsport, police said.

“The bus, from the Jersey Shore School District, was traveling south and slowing down as is came upon the stop to pick up the students,” Trooper Daniel Kozak said.

“It was dark and foggy at the time,” he added.

The bus driver had activated the vehicle’s yellow, caution lights as she approached the stop, Kozak said.

“The investigation is ongoing,” the trooper said.

After being struck, the girl was taken by ambulance to the Salladasburg Elementary School, where she was carried onto a helicopter that flew her to Geisinger.

State police regulations prohibit troopers from releasing the names of minors.

Concerning another accident in the region, Joshua Reinsburrow, 38, of Turbotville, and two boys, ages 8 and 7, riding in his vehicle, all suffered serious injured when their vehicle and another driven by Joyce Nissley, of Mifflinburg, collided at Route 192 and Hoffa Mill Road in Union County’s Buffalo Township about 7:30 a.m. Saturday, state police said.

Reinsburrow’s condition was upgraded to fair on Monday, a nursing supervisor said. No information was available on the two juveniles.