Pulaski County child hit by car

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) -- SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a frantic chaotic call received by Pulaski County 911 dispatchers about 5:30 on Wednesday afternoon.

“We need a ambulance. We need a ambulance bad. There’s a child. He just got hit by a car,” the caller is heard telling the 911 dispatcher.

Police say the child saw a Beacon Hill Baptist Church bus loading children across the street, from his home on Scenic Vista drive, about three miles south of Somerset.

Pastor Donavan Burton says this child had attended their church before, but was not on the pick up list Wednesday night.

“The bus would have doubled back and picked him up. In talking to the driver and monitor by the time they saw the child, he was already in traffic,” said Rev. Burton.

“Dispatcher: Is the child responsive?
Caller: “I don’t know. Is he responsive?
No he is not.”

Callers described injuries to his head, mouth area and legs. Later in the call, the child becomes responsive.

Caller: “He’s screaming. He’s screaming. He’s crying.”

Dispatcher: “But they‘re not moving him right? They need to try to keep him as still as possible.”

Help arrived and the child was airlifted to UK hospital where Pastor Burton said he’s heard the child is improving.

“It just reiterates the need for us to always teach children to look both ways. And never board a bus or vehicle across traffic,” he said.

Police say the vehicle that struck the child was a jeep, that also hit the church bus and caused minor damage to its back end.

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