A sixth-grade Portal middle school student was airlifted to a Savannah hospital Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle.
Around 3 p.m., after school was dismissed, the 11-year-old girl was walking on Portal Metter Road from Portal Middle/High School to Portal Elementary School, where her parent reportedly worked, said Hayley Greene, Bulloch County Schools communications and marketing director.
Portal police Chief Jason Sapp arrived on the scene almost immediately after the accident took place. He told a Statesboro Herald photographer the girl “darted out” in front of a vehicle. However, he referred questions about the accident to the Georgia State Patrol.
Sapp turned the investigation over to GSP Post 45 as soon as he saw the seriousness of the situation, he said.
Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies, Bulloch County firefighters and Bulloch County EMS responded to the scene, calling for Air Evac due to findings that the girl suffered a serious fracture to her leg and head injuries and was intermittently unconscious, according to reports dispatched over police radio during the response.
The Air Evac helicopter landed at the Portal Fire Department on Highway 80, a short distance from the schools. The girl was airlifted to a Savannah hospital for treatment.
As GSP Post 45 Trooper First-Class Robbie Scott continued to investigate the scene, several bystanders gathered around, holding hands and praying. Sapp said he didn’t expect charges to be filed but that the GSP would investigate further, as protocol required.
Scott was not able to be reached, and reports were incomplete and unavailable Wednesday evening.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.