Police: Red-light runner strikes, severely injures St. Cloud crossing guard

Crash reported near Michigan Avenue Elementary School

ST. CLOUD, Fla. – A driver ran a red light and struck a crossing guard Thursday morning near a St. Cloud elementary school, police said.

The crash was reported at 8:04 a.m. at the intersection of 13th Street and Michigan Avenue near Michigan Avenue Elementary School.

St. Cloud police said the driver was traveling east and ran a red light before hitting the woman, who was on duty.

The victim was taken Osceola Regional Medical Center for treatment, according to police. Authorities said she’s expected to survive.

The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

The Osceola School District said its crisis team and Michigan Avenue Elementary School administrators were calling parents of students who witnessed the incident.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the crossing guard and her family at this difficult time,” the district said in a statement.

The crash prompted police to close the intersection, but it was later reopened.

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“Please avoid the area for the next few hours,” St. Cloud police tweeted earlier.

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