Child, 5, hit by tractor-trailer on I-44 in Pulaski County, Mo.

Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the circumstances
Published: Apr. 12, 2023 at 8:03 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2023 at 6:05 PM CDT
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WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (KY3) - The Missouri Highway Patrol says a child suffered critical injuries after a tractor-trailer hit him on Interstate 44 in Waynesville on Wednesday. Doctors do not believe the injuries are life-threatening.

It happened at the 157-mile marker in an eastbound lane around 6 p.m. That mile marker is near Waynesville High School.

Investigators found the child unconscious. Emergency crews airlifted the five-year-old child to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says the parent lives near the interstate. Investigators say the parent says the child wandered onto the interstate.

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