Students return to class after wreck

Published 6:29 am Tuesday, January 24, 2012

School staff rode the bus Monday morning and afternoon alongside the children involved in the terrifying wreck Friday.

“We had counselors and staff ride with them for extra support today,” said Pike County Superintendent Mark Bazzell. “The kids seemed to fair pretty well.”

Bazzell said school employees are following up with the parents of each child to offer counseling.

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Forty-one students were taken by ambulance, bus and private vehicle to area hospitals Friday morning after a school bus overturned about one mile from Goshen Elementary School. Both high school and elementary school students were on board.

The only student kept overnight at a hospital after the Pike County bus overturned en route to school was released Saturday, according to Bazzell. The elementary school student had been transported to Children’s Hospital in Montgomery for injuries to his arm.

Bazzell met with other Pike County Schools employees Monday afternoon for a debriefing.

“We talked about some communications issues,” Bazzell said. Phones were busy a few times when we tried to call each on Friday morning, understandably.”

Bazzell said everyone was complementary of emergency responders and hospital staffers who helped children Friday.

State Troopers said the report on the accident should be available in a couple of days. No cause for the accident has been given.