Truck strikes, kills deaf child, 3, on Burke road

A 3-year-old deaf child died this morning after she ran into the highway in Burke County.

According to the Georgia State Patrol Sgt. 1st Class Chris Lacienski, the child was playing about 9:30 a.m. with another child in her front yard when she darted across the 400 block of Georgia Highway 56 North near the Church of God.

The child was returning across the highway when she was struck by a log truck. The child died at the scene. She was not publicly identified.

“The driver didn’t have time to react,” Lacienski said.

A Burke County sheriff’s deputy behind the logging truck witnessed the incident. The log truck driver was issued some equipment charges but was not charged in the death.

Lacienski said the charges had no effect on the fatality.

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