Tragedy nearly befell a small town in Highland, Arkansas, recently when two young boys had a brush with death in front of their school. One was about to be hit when, suddenly, eighth-grader Dakota Poteete pushed him out of harm’s way.
Poteete, was then struck by the oncoming vehicle, flipped up into the air, and struck by a second vehicle.
The boys were reportedly crossing a busy highway while returning from a Dollar General store where they had purchased a snack between football games.
Pictures of the injured young man are below, but be warned: They are not for the faint of heart.
A post to a community Facebook page detailed that Dakota required numerous stitches to close gashes in his head and nose, and suffered multiple bruises, but escaped the incident without any broken bones.
Poteete has already been released and was reportedly recovering at home.
Both the school and the police have noted that students cross the busy highway all of the time. They are now looking at ways to prevent a similar incident from occurring again.
“We have a lot of kids there that walk up and down the road after school and its dangerous,” said Highland Police Chief Shane Russell.
The school is considering opening up its concession stand after school and allowing boosters to bring in food for students in an attempt to discourage them from crossing the busy road to buy snacks from nearby stores.
They have also contacted the city and the state highway department to see about reducing the speed limit through the area or installing additional traffic lights and crosswalks.
In the meantime, the chief is urging both drivers and students to exercise extra caution when driving or crossing the road.
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