DANVILLE, Va. — A red Chevrolet pickup truck with a dent on its hood and a hole in its grille sat on Elizabeth Street while police investigators questioned people at the scene Wednesday afternoon.

Nearby, a school bus was stopped at the end of Haynesworth Drive with its nose pulled out onto Elizabeth Street. Four or five police cars sat in the street.

Emergency medical technicians wheeled a young girl from the scene on a gurney to an ambulance waiting on Elizabeth Street, her arm in a cast.

Police charged a North Carolina man with passing a stopped school bus after a Westwood Middle School student was hit by a pickup truck while being dropped off from school.

It was about 2:30 p.m. when police said a Danville school bus stopped to unload students on Haynesworth Drive at the intersection of Elizabeth Street.

At the time, 81-year-old David Maurice Durham, of Durham, North Carolina, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet pickup truck — owned by Thompson Trucking in Concord — south on Elizabeth Street when he crossed over to the northbound side to get around the bus, police reported. That’s when police said he hit the 12-year-old girl.

“Witnesses indicated that the warning lights were in operation at the time of the collision,” police reported.

The girl was conscious at the scene and taken to Sovah Health-Danville for treatment. Police did not disclose the severity of her injuries.

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Crane reports for the Register & Bee. He can be reached at (434) 791-7987.

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