A student walking to Lafayette High School suffered a possible concussion Wednesday morning when he was struck by a vehicle on icy roads outside the school’s parking lot.
The student was taken in an ambulance to Mosaic Life Care after the accident on North Fifth Street, just east of the high school football field. Authorities described his injuries as “non-life-threatening” and said he may have suffered a concussion from the fall.
Brendan McGinnis, a traffic officer with the St. Joseph Police Department, said the student was walking on the roadway when a vehicle, driven by another student, lost control in the slick conditions.
“The vehicle began sliding on the ice,” McGinnis said. “The vehicle began to lose control and slide sideways and struck the student.”
McGinnis said it was one of several accidents and slide-offs police responded to after freezing drizzle coated roads and sidewalks with a glaze of ice.
The accident outside Lafayette, which occurred at about 7:45 a.m., prompted a large police presence and a chaotic scene outside the school. Police cars blocked portions of Fifth Street leading into the school. At one point, a city truck was called in to put salt on the street so police cars could get to the top of the hill, near the accident scene.
As police investigated, St. Joseph School District officials and Lafayette students began shouting at local media who arrived to report on the accident, asking them to leave the scene. Police ordered someone in another vehicle on Fifth Street to exit a car, but McGinnis said that situation was quickly resolved and was not related to the accident.
The street was reopened to traffic after 8 a.m.