Forkland child struck by vehicle

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 28, 2007

FORKLAND &8212; The Forkland community suffered another blow Tuesday afternoon when a child was hit by a vehicle traveling on U.S. Highway 43 south. The 7-year-old girl remains in serious condition at UAB Hospital in Birmingham following the accident.

Forkland Police Chief Marvin Davis said the accident happened at approximately 12:30 p.m. Davis said the child was walking with her uncle when she got away from him and ran into the road, where she was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The young girl was transported to Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis and later air lifted to the Birmingham hospital.

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State police reported that speed was not a factor in the case and there are currently no charges pending in the case.

The accident occurred only one day following a tragic accident that rocked the small community. A bus carrying about 40 members of the Jackson family from Forkland, and several town officials veered off a southern Kentucky interstate early Monday and slammed into an overpass support, killing Carrie Walton, 71, of Forkland, and the bus driver, Abraham Parker.

Victims of the accident are returning to Forkland and family members of Walton are making arrangements for Walton&8217;s funeral set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church.