Crime

Teenage girl seriously injured after being hit by moving truck

A teenage girl was seriously injured after being hit by a moving truck while crossing Richmond Road near McDonald's Tuesday afternoon.

The truck, a U-Haul, left the scene but was later found by police.

The girl was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with "pretty significant" injuries to her lower body and torso, said Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.

She said it was unknown whether the injuries were life-threatening but that the girl was talking when the ambulance left to take her to the hospital.

Roberts said police believe the girl was hit by a large moving truck towing a smaller trailer. A police officer stopped the truck on Interstate 75 soon after the crash. Roberts said the driver was being questioned.

Another teen girl who had been trying to cross the road with the victim was not injured, Roberts said. It was unknown whether the girls were using a crosswalk.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit was investigating the crash, which happened at about 3 p.m. and resulted in traffic backups along Richmond Road during rush hour.

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