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Seven Metco students taken to hospital after accident in Hingham

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 28, 2013 09:37 AM

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Seven elementary school children from Boston were taken to the hospital as a precaution after their van was hit by a pickup truck in Hingham this morning.

According to Hingham Superintendent Dorothy Galo, the students, ranging from 6 to 8 years of age, were part of Hingham’s Metco program, which brings city children to suburban schools.

About 33 Metco students are dropped off at Higham's South School every day, then transported by one of the town's vans to their schools. Eight of those children were traveling to Foster Elementary School when their van was rear-ended by a pickup truck at the intersection of Free Street and Main Street.

The seven children transported to the hospital were reportedly uninjured, Galo said.

“Seven have been transported and those have mainly been parents that just want them checked out,” Galo said. “It’s mainly precautionary, we don’t see any problems here.”

Galo said the Foster School Principal as well as the Metco program director were on their way to the hospital, though everyone is alert and seemingly uninjured.

“Our first concern were making sure children were okay and parents were contacted,” Galo said.

According to Sgt. Steven Dearth, the impact to both cars was minimal, and everyone was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the second car, Ronald W. Ellis, Jr., 37-years-old, from Onset was cited for failure to use care when slowing or stopping, and having an expired inspection sticker.

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