UPDATE: School crossing guard airlifted after struck by car

Published 4:37 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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NATCHEZ — A school crossing guard who was struck by a driver Gilmer McLaurin Elementary during school dismissal on Tuesday afternoon has been airlifted from Merit Health Natchez to another hospital for further medical care, Natchez Police Chief Joseph Daughtry said.

The crossing guard, identified as 74-year-old Samuel Fields, was alert and talking to officers before being transported to the hospital, Daughtry said.

The extent of his injures is still unknown.

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“The crossing guard had traffic stopped and busses were coming out. As the fourth bus was pulling out, for some reason or another a lady struck the bus and when she did her vehicle veered and hit the crossing guard,” Daughtry said.

The school bus had 12 children and the driver inside and none of them were injured.

The driver of the vehicle seemed very upset and was transported to the hospital as well as a precaution, Daughtry said. No other injuries were detailed at this time of this report.

Investigators are not sure why she didn’t see the guard, Daughtry said, adding, “Maybe the sun was in her eyes. We’re not sure.” They do not suspect drugs or alcohol were involved.

“I’m grateful it was not as bad as it could’ve been,” he said.