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article image20 students injured when school bus is hit by 18-wheeler

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Dec 2, 2011 in World
Winona, Miss. - A school bus driver blinded by the sun around 7 a.m. Friday morning pulled out in front of an 18-wheeler.
The school bus driver blinded by the sun was hit in the rear by an empty log truck. The truck driver hit the brakes in an attempt to avoid hitting the bus but went into a skid and hit the back of the bus.
The school bus carrying 20 students flipped on its side. reports Sammie McCaskill the county school superintendent said the students ranged from elementary through high school. They were on their way to school in Kilmichael. At the time of the accident the bus had only picked up half of its students.
Nearly all the students suffered injuries to some extent. The bus driver was not seriously injured.
One female student was air lifted to University Medical Center in Jackson. Other students were being treated at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona. Two students were transferred from Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital to UMC.
McCaskill said, "Continue to pray for Montgomery County, and I would like to thank everyone for their prayers." reports
As of Friday evening two students are listed in critical condition, three are in stable condition and two were treated or discharged.
Jennifer Stephen, Clinical Director of Children's Emergency Services said, "Their prognosis is unknown. Levels of injuries in children, they could heal quickly, but (they) also can have long term effects. School bus accidents are not common, but when we see them it has a big impact on the community too." reports
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