ALAMANCE COUNTY, NC - Alamance-Burlington Schools confirmed a student was hit by a car while getting off a bus near Edwin M Holt Elementary School Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday morning, the North Carolina Highway Patrol concluded that the school bus driver didn't activate the stop arm and warning lights to indicate someone was getting off. Highway Patrol said the child is in serious condition at UNC-Chapel Hill hospital.

The school system says the employee driving the bus resigned Thursday.

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The NCHP said the boy was hit getting off the bus on NC 62 near Elder Lane around 11:40 a.m. A Ford Taurus hit the boy head on while he was crossing the road, seriously injuring him. After being taken to Alamance Regional Hospital, the boy was airlifted to UNC Chapel Hill.

Alamance-Burlington Schools had an early release day Wednesday. School principal Mariah Vignali rode the bus with students Thursday morning and the district crisis team will be at school. Parents have dropped off gas cards at school to help the boy's family.

The investigation is ongoing.