Two eighth-grade students at Pittsburgh Obama were taken to the hospital Wednesday after suffering injuries on a school bus, according to the Pittsburgh Public Schools spokesperson Ebony Pugh.
The girls were reportedly hanging out of a bus’ windows and were struck by a pole the vehicle was driving past on Highland Avenue.
Amber Craig said her brother witnessed the accident.
“He said the little girl had her head out of the bus and she hit the pole. When he saw her, she passed out and her neck was just hanging,” Craig said. “He was crying and everything. It was really traumatic for him.”
Pugh said a teacher took one student to Children’s Hospital. The other student was taken via paramedics.
The sister of one of the victims told Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson on Thursday that her sister had surgery and is resting at UPMC Children’s Hospital.
Pugh said the parents of both students were contacted and a second bus was dispatched to take the other students home.
A letter related to the incident will go home to all families Thursday, reinforcing the importance of school bus safety.
School operations will remain as normal. The last day for students is Monday.