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Police remind drivers of school zones after crossing guard is struck by car

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -  Weather may have been a factor in an accident that left a local crossing guard recovering at the hospital on Monday night.

Noelle Bittle was struck by a car in the school zone on browns ferry road in front of Lookout Valley Elementary School.

"The driver was traveling on browns ferry road towards interstate 24,” said Kim Noorbergen, with Chattanooga Police.

Police say the car was in the school zone and by the time the driver saw the crossing guard it was too late. They couldn't stop.

"The crossing guard says she was hit from behind and fell to the ground," said Noorbergen.

She was sent to the hospital with a broken arm and minor head injuries.

"The street was congested, people were looking for the kids, it could have been a lot worse," said Noorbergen.

Noorbergen says while you've been used to school being out for the summer, it's now time to pay attention.

"If you need to leave 15 minutes early, leave early because the traffic is going to be backed up," said Noorbergen.

In most school zones the speed limit is 15 miles per hour.

Noorbergen says even going a few miles over the speed limit could result in someone being seriously hurt or killed.

She says slowdown and keep your eyes on the road.

"Watch what you're doing, be aware of your surroundings, watch out for the kids, watch out for the buses, look out for the crossing guards," said Noorbergen.

While drivers need to be on the lookout, Noorbergen says pedestrians have a responsibility too.

"Drivers may be distracted and may not see you, you have to be the one to look," said Noorbergen.

At this time no charges have been filed against the driver and the exact speed the driver was going has not been released.

The investigation is ongoing.
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