Linden High School went into a shelter in place this morning after a group of students were struck as they crossed W. St. George Ave this morning.
Officials said at approximately 8:50 a.m., Linden Police units responded to the intersection of W. St. George Avenue and Ainsworth Street on reports of an auto-pedestrian crash. Special police officers assigned to the high school were the first to arrive on the scene and immediately rendered aid to the victims.
Police said a 14-year-old girl sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Newark University Hospital. Two 15-year-old boys were also struck by the vehicle. They were treated on scene for minor injuries.
A preliminary investigation indicates that the students were crossing the street in a marked crosswalk with posted crossing guards when a 2009 Nissan Rogue traveling east on W. St. George Avenue proceeded into the intersection and struck the students.
The driver of the vehicle, a 40-year-old man from Rahway, was not injured in the crash.
He was arrested on scene for unrelated charges and later released pending an appearance in Newark Municipal Court. The incident remains under investigation by the Linden Police Traffic Bureau, and anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact Inv. John Halkias at (908) 474-8505.