A Providence middle school student was stuck by a car Thursday morning, while riding her bicycle to school. Thousands students in the city were forced to use alternative transportation during a school bus drivers’ strike.
According to the school distrcit, a 13-year old girl was hit on the way to Nathan Bishop Middle School on the city’s east side. She was riding a bike that’s part of the city’s new bike-share program.
According to the Providence Police, the student suffered a minor injury and was transported to Hasbro Hospital. A spokeswoman for the police department said she normally rides the bus to school, but there were no buses because the bus drivers’ union is on strike after a failed contract negotiation with the Ohio-based bus company First Student.
City officials have estimated that more than 9,000 public school children are affected by the bus drivers’ strike.