Boy struck by vehicle crossing road for bus

10-year-old taken to hospital after being injured on Highway 97 north of Oliver

A 10-year-old boy was injured when he was struck by a vehicle as he crossed the road to board a school bus Tuesday morning.

Oliver RCMP report the bus had full emergency equipment operating when it stopped in the northbound lane in the 7000 block of Highway 97, two kilometres north of Oliver. The bus driver observed three children begin to cross the southbound lane, and noticed a southbound vehicle was failing to slow down in response to the emergency equipment.

A Kia SUV driven by an elderly Penticton man struck the 10-year-old student of Sen Pok Chin elementary school.

“A local physician was at scene at the time of the accident and rendered medical aid until EHS arrived,” said Cpl. Mike Field of the Oliver RCMP. “The youth was subsequently transported to hospital and is being treated for some internal injuries, the most serious injury at this point appears to be a bruised spleen. The youth is also expected to be suffering from a minor concussion.”

Police are investigating the incident.