REFORM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The one student who was still hospitalized was released on Tuesday evening. Some of the students have returned to school, while a few are continuing to recover at home.
ORIGINAL: A school bus accident involving at least two vehicles caused several injuries on Friday afternoon around 3:40 p.m..
The accident took place at the intersection of County Roads 30 and 35 between a school bus and some type of passenger vehicle. Trooper Reginal King confirms that the school bus came from a school in Reform, and was transporting students from elementary schools to high schools. Multiple ambulances are responding to the scene.
Injuries range from serious to minor. Sixteen total people were injured, including 14 children and 2 adults, the driver of the school bus and the driver of the other vehicle that was involved.
CBS affiliate WCBI in Columbus, Mississippi tells WIAT that five helicopters have landed at the scene to transport the injured to the hospital.
Although DCH in Tuscaloosa is not receiving any patients, Brad Fisher of DCH was able to confirm that two are being helicoptered to Children’s in Birmingham, the driver of the bus is being helicoptered to UAB, five are being transported by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi, and between nine and ten patients with “walking injuries” are being taken to Pickens County Medical Center.
Jamie Chapman of the Pickens County School Board said she is thanking first responders and local law enforcement for the phenomenal job they did, and they are now asking the community to be in prayer for the students and families of those affected.
WIAT reporter and anchor Leigh Garner is en route to the scene. We will bring you the most up-to-date information as it becomes available.
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