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McKeesport middle school student struck by dump truck dies in hospital

By Patrick Cloonan and Eric Slagle
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:09 p.m.

A 14-year-old Founders' Hall Middle School student died Thursday after being struck by a Mack dump truck just outside the McKeesport school.

Alyson Higdon, 14, died at 8:09 p.m. at Children's Hospital where she was flown after being hit around 3 p.m., a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

The eighth-grader was hit as she was following a group of students across Eden Park Boulevard near the intersection of O'Neil Boulevard, McKeesport police Chief Bryan Washowich said.

Washowich said she was struck by the truck's front bumper. He said clothes left on the street behind the truck as city and Allegheny County police processed the scene for evidence belonged to those who used them to comfort and render aid to the girl.

A school bus that was in traffic behind the dump truck remained on scene as police carried out their investigation. Students who were on the bus remained there for a short while until another school bus arrived to take them home. The driver of the first bus remained on the scene and was interviewed by police.

McKeesport Area School District said district administrators went to the hospital with friends and family of the student after the accident.

“We are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time,” district spokeswoman Kristen Giran said shortly after the accident. She said counseling will be available for students at the school on Friday.

Patrick Cloonan and Eric Slagle are staff writers for Trib Total Media.



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