The students and bus driver from Thursday morning’s CCSD bus crash were taken to University Medical Center for treatment.
One patient, who was in the car that collided with the bus, remains in critical condition.
The students that have left the hospital describe a frightening morning. It wasn’t long after the crash when the entrance at UMC started filling up.
One ambulance, then two, then nine. All with children from the scene.
“I just saw a bus flipped over on its side and a white car,” said LeAnn Mooney, mother of injured student.
LeAnn Mooney hustled down to check on her daughter.
“I’m OK now that I know she’s OK. But at first I thought she could’ve been dead or anything. I was scared,” Mooney said.
It was a fear evident on parents headed into UMC and replaced with sadness and frustration when they came out.
Tonyisa Dease-Jones had three children on the bus.
This is a picture of one of them who was still in the hospital.
“My kids are all I have,” she said.
When she spoke with 8 News NOW, 14-year-old T-ondre was drifting in and out of consciousness.
“My one son, anytime he looks at me, he cries,” Dease-Jones said.
One after another, students who left the hospital described what happened. A car pulled in front of the bus when it wasn’t supposed to… and then…
“We just felt the bus flip,” said Alejandro Luna, a student. “It literally flipped.”
“I opened the door and I helped a couple people get out,” said Thailand Turner, a student. “I helped my brother get out. I tried to help the bus driver.”
A scary morning for children, and their parents.
“People need to take the time to drive right,” said Paris Hines, a parent. “Kids are going to school all the time. Take your time.”
Most of the injured children on the bus suffered minor injuries, though one did leave with a cast on her arm.