Girls were walking to class at different school when they were hit

Two pedestrians were hit Tuesday, October 29 at the intersection of Bishop Grandin Boulevard and St. Anne's Road at about 12:35, Winnipeg police say. Officers didn't immediately know the age or gender of the victims. Jeremy Desrochers

School officials say two 11 year old girls were walking to a class at a different school when they were struck and seriously hurt at a St. Vital intersection Tuesday.

The Louis Riel School Division says the grade 7 students at Victor Mager School were walking to a shop class at Victor Wyatt school when they were struck at Bishop Grandin Boulevard and St. Anne’s Road at about 12:30 p.m.

Division staff say it’s been common practice for decades for students to walk to classes at other schools that aren’t offered at their own schools. But in light of the tragedy, officials say they are putting crossing guards at the major intersection and exploring the possibility of busing students.

The 11-year-olds were crossing south on Bishop Grandin Boulevard at St. Anne’s Road when they were hit by an eastbound car. Officers said traffic had a green light at the time; one vehicle managed to avoid striking the girls but the other, travelling at 70 to 80 km/hr, hit them.

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The girls were rushed to hospital in critical condition: one has since been upgraded to stable, the other remains in critical but stable condition.

In a news release Wednesday police say speed and alcohol were not factors in the collision and no charges have been laid against the driver.

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