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After girl hit at school, safety improvements
When ten year old Madison Almonte was hit by a truck while walking to Sand Creek Elementary school in April, few if any safety measures were in place. An old push button for a traffic control device was still there, but it hadn't worked in years.
Today, things are very different and much safer.
Jack Cunningham, Colonie public works commissioner, says they did some landing pads so when you cross the street theres a spot for you to land once you are off the street. There are also new cross walk signals in the street and buttons so students can hit the button and cross the street safely and not have to worry about traffic.
Madisons mother, Melissa Tirado-Almonte, says its easing a lot of worry for a lot of parents.
Tirado-Almonte says her daughter, now 11, suffered a brain injury and is still experiencing some related issues after the crash, but overall is doing very well.
Madison is also walking to school again, though with very protective siblings beside her.