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Hannibal schools urge caution after student hit by truck

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Hannibal High School officials are warning students to be cautious when leaving at the end of the school day after a 14-year old student was struck by a truck trying to cross the busy McMasters Avenue intersection.

"If this part of it is open then I go to the middle, then wait, then once there is an opening in the second then I go," said Zach Ferrerra.

Ferrerra is a freshman at Hannibal High School, who said this is his strategy for crossing busy McMasters Avenue in front of the school. He said dodging cars is a daily routine.

"Sometimes they let us by if they are nice, sometimes they just go," said Ferrerra.  

Brenda Allen picks up her granddaughter Brandy, who is friends with the student that was hit yesterday, and said she reminded her granddaughter about the dangers after the accident.

"See this is what I have always warned you about. This is the kind of thing that can happen because that highway is too busy for girls or anyone to be crossing that highway," said Allen. 

School officials said it is always hard to hear about students getting hurt, but all they can do is encourage students to be safe.

"The best thing to be done, but it is not human nature to do it, is to walk to up the sidewalk to the crossing that goes up to stardust," said Hannibal school district business manager Dana Ruhl.   

No traffic citations were issued.

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