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Two children injured in morning accident

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By: Jenn Schanz 

Four injured kids, three accidents, just one week into the school year.

The latest accident happened Friday morning around 7:30 near 6th and D streets. Officials say an 11-year–old boy and his 12–year–old sister were walking to school when they were struck by a car.

Lincoln Police say the kids ran between two stopped cars while crossing 6th street and were hit; the driver didn't see them.

The kids were taken to the hospital in critical condition, but officials don't believe their injuries are life threatening. Police say no citations will be issued.

"We don't want to see these things happen and obviously there are always tragic when they do, and hopefully this event doesn't become one of those. But these are good opportunities for parents to take time just to talk to their kids about safe ways to cross the street," says Dan Ripley of Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

Wednesday, officials say a 13–year–old boy on his bike hit a car stopped in the crosswalk, waiting to turn. The boy suffered a minor leg injury. 

The same day, a 12–year–old girl biking home from school was struck by a car. It happened near 48th and A streets, the girl is expected to be okay.

A principal of a school nearby says drivers need to be aware of younger kids in the area, especially during school hours.

"They're young kids, they don't always follow the red lights or where to cross on corners. We release over 600 kids into the area and safety is a huge, it's critical," says Associate Principal of Lefler Middle School, Ralph Calafiore.

Although school hours vary, drivers should expect heavy pedestrian and biker traffic around 7:30 a.m. before school starts, and around 3 p.m. when it lets out. The speed limit in school zones is 25 miles per hour.

Just as a reminder of school zone traffic laws, the Lincoln Police Department will be begin it's annual "Back to School" traffic enforcement project starting Monday. It will be conducted in two segments:

  • Aug.18th- 22nd
  • Sept.15th-19th

there will be extra officers each day around schools to make the area safer for drivers and students.

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