(Pleasant Valley Elementary School/Google Maps)

A 6-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after she was hit by a pickup truck near an elementary school in Nanaimo.

The incident occurred at around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday January 22nd, near the intersection of Dunbar Road and Metral Drive, as students were being let out from  Pleasant Valley Elementary School.

According to preliminary findings, the girl was being driven in a van by her mother who pulled over on the north side of Dunbar Road.

The 6-year-old was then let out of the vehicle and she attempted to cross the road when she was hit by a pickup truck going westbound.

The 42-year-old driver of the vehicle immediately stopped, got out of the car, and began administering emergency first aid until paramedics arrived.

Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Gary O’Brien adds that the incident did not occur at a crosswalk and that the driver of the pickup was going at an extremely slow speed which allowed them to stop as soon as they had realized the girl had been hit.

Alcohol and drugs have been ruled out as contributing factors in this incident, and police will also not be conducting a mechanical inspection of the pickup truck as it is in “excellent condition”.

The injured girl remained at hospital overnight and is expected to be released soon.

At the preliminary stages of the investigation, officers canvassed nearby businesses to obtain video surveillance of the crash.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone who has dashcam footage of the collision is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.