After girl hit at school, safety improvements

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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.

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