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Child in stable condition after being hit by vehicle in Bigfork

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BIGFORK - A child is in stable condition at a Kalispell hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Bigfork Thursday morning.

Montana Highway Patrol investigators say the child was from Bigfork and the vehicle was from Oregon. 

The Montana Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

"A vehicle trailer southbound on Montana 35 approaching the intersection of Kimball Way," said MHP Trooper Thomas Manz. "A child darted out into the roadway and was struck by the vehicle as they attempted to brake and avoid the strike. The child was rolled under the vehicle and was subsequently transported to KRMC for treatment."

It's this busy intersection where investigators say the child darted out into the road.

"No alcohol involved that we can detect and right now, no violations by the driver," Manz said. "Vision was obscured at the intersection because of tall grass and a sign."

The incident prompted a safety reminder from MHP.

"Just a reminder to everybody to pay attention before they go into the roadway and to watch out for pedestrians, even though vision was obscured in this case."

The Montana Highway Patrol says they will continue their investigation into the incident. 

12:43 p.m. -- A child was taken to a Kalispell hospital after being hit by a vehicle in Bigfork.

The crash happened shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Montana Highway 35 near the intersection of Crestview Drive. 

A pickup truck towing a small camper hit the child who was taken by ambulance to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

The Montana Highway Patrol tells MTN News that the child is in stable condition at KRMC.

A responding MHP trooper says while the investigation is continuing, initial indications are that the child darted out onto the busy road.

The Flathead County Sheriff's Office, the Montana Highway Patrol, the Bigfork Fire Department and Bigfork Ambulance all responded to the scene.

Authorities are urging that motorists slow down on Highway 35 through Bigfork.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

- information from Nicole Miller included in this report.

The video below is courtesy of reporter Nicole Miller.

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