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8 Md. students hit by car; minor injuries reported

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September 26, 2013 09:22 PM EST | AP

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Authorities say eight students were injured when they were hit by a car in the parking lot of a high school outside Washington.

Lt. Chris Purvis, a spokesman for the Hyattsville, Md., police, says the incident was reported about 6 p.m. Thursday at Northwestern High School in Prince George's County.

Purvis said a 19-year-old was driving a compact car in the parking lot behind the school when glare from the sun impaired his vision. The spokesman says the driver did not see students practicing JROTC drills and standing in formation in the parking lot and hit them.

The students were taken to area hospitals. A spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire Department tweeted that most of the injuries were minor.

The driver, who police say only had a learner's permit, is charged with multiple counts of negligent driving and other offenses.