The Marietta 7th-grader airlifted to a hospital after a bus accident Friday morning did not suffer a head injury and medical officials were guardedly optimistic about his condition, according to Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin.
The student suffered “fractures on some bones and internal bruising, but is not expected to worsen,” said Baldwin Sunday, adding that authorities are not releasing the 12-year-old’s name.
A student at Marietta Middle School, the boy was the passenger in a sedan struck by a school bus about 7:15 a.m. at the busy intersection of Polk Street and the North Marietta Parkway, according to Baldwin.
The Acura sedan in which the boy was rising “failed to yield to oncoming traffic and was t-boned by a school bus,” Baldwin said. The boy was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with injuries that Baldwin said at the time were life-threatening.
Baldwin said 13 children on the bus were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Two went by ambulance and the other 11 were taken to the hospital on another bus, he said. The bus driver was also taken to WellStar Kennestone. The driver of the sedan also suffered minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital, he said.
A Wellstar spokesman said just before 10 a.m. Friday that all of those patients brought in to Kennestone had already been released, or would be released later in the morning.
The 37 students on bus 91-12 were headed to Marietta High School when the crash occurred, Marietta City Schools spokesman Thomas Algarin told the AJC. He said the seriously injured child from the car was a student at Marietta Middle School, which is a short distance down Polk Street from the crash site.
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