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A Mid-Michigan student was hospitalized after she was hit by a vehicle about a block away from her school.

It happened this morning at the intersection of Fairchild Street and Cappy Lane in Swartz Creek.

The school district said the high school student was hit as they were walking along Fairchild Street heading south. She was then taken by ambulance to the hospital.

The student was conscious, stable, and appeared to have sustained some injuries, according to the district. She is apparently doing well.

Swartz Creek Community Schools Superintendent Ben Mainka said he has been in contact with officials and is requesting pedestrian safety measures be put in place. He said those measures could include, but are not limited to, crossing lights, stop signs, and pedestrian walking signs.

Mainka said the issue will be looked at during the next city council meeting on April 8.

The incident sparked calls for more safety at the crossing used by students every day.

Neighbors say this isn't the first time it's happened.

That crossing is a common route for students heading to class at Swartz Creek Community Schools.

Melissa Copeland, a resident that lives next to the intersection, said it's a dangerous area.

"Yeah it's really crazy here in the morning especially first thing in the morning and then right after school," Copeland said.

Copeland said it's riddled with issues because of bad drivers and the lack of safety enforcement.

She said that at about 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 22 she heard police sirens outside of her home.

"Immediately thought a child had gotten hit, that was my first thought," Copeland said.

The school is not releasing much information about the circumstances but they said school officials, police, an ambulance arrived on the scene very quickly to address the situation and care for the student. 

Copeland said she's sad to hear about the incident, but not surprised.

"Because of the craziness at this intersection, even with the stop signs here it's like they're nonexistent pretty much," Copeland said. "I see buses even fly through. Like there's no intersection here. People fly through it."

She believes the intersection needs additional crossing lights and stop signs among other things.

"People need to slow down. Pay attention to the stop signs. Watch for kids," Copeland said.

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