Update 11:10 a.m.
A Federal Way girl who was hit by a school bus carrying elementary students at the intersection of Pacific Highway South and South 308th Street is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.
The girl had just left her home and was in the crosswalk when she was struck, said Federal Way police Cmdr. Stan McCall.
Deb Stenberg, spokeswoman for Federal Way Public Schools, said the girl was struck by a district-run bus. She said the bus was carrying students from nearby Nautilus Elementary School.
The bus driver is on administrative leave, which is the normal procedure when crashes occur, Stenberg said.
“We don’t know the circumstances of this accident. The safety of our kids is the highest priority, our bus drivers undergo a significant amount of training before they’re put in charge of a bus,” said Stenberg. “The district will have counselors at Federal Way High School, at the transportation department to talk to bus drivers and at the elementary to speak with the students on the bus.”
A 15-year-old Federal Way High School student has been hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by a bus in front of the school this morning.
Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said the girl was in the crosswalk when she was struck by the school bus at 7:44 a.m. It’s unclear whether the girl was struck after getting off the bus.
Police are investigating.