A collision that injured two girls as they crossed an Anoka County road has prompted calls for safety improvements at the intersection.
Authorities have identified the two 14 year olds injured in the Tuesday evening incident in St. Francis as Kaia Bollman, of Oak Grove, and Anneliese Lamotte, of Nowthen.
They were hit by a car as they crossed Hwy. 47 at Pederson Drive, with Bollman in a critical condition in hospital, while Lamotte was seriously hurt.
The incident has sparked a petition created by Christina Bass on Change.org calling for enhanced safety measures at the intersection, which has so far attracted more than 8,000 signatures.
The petition is calling for either a walking bridge across Hwy. 47 or a set of stoplights.
"We have an intersection in our town that that currently has a crosswalk across a 4 lane highway with a speed limit of 50 mph," Bass writes.
"This intersection is used mostly by students from the middle school and high school who walk or ride their bikes to school and home
"We need more than just a crosswalk with flashing lights. As I write this petition there are two middle school girls who have been hit by a car, both are in very serious condition. This is not the first pedestrian accident, not to mention vehicle accidents. This can not continue to happen!"
The 62-year-old driver of the car that hit the girls, who is from Isanti, stopped at the scene and is cooperating with police.