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Providence Student Struck By Car During Bus Drivers' Strike


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.

Providence school buses.
Providence school buses.
John Bender/The Public's Radio