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2 students injured after Hickman County school bus crash

Posted: Updated: April 22, 2014 9:42 PM
WILLIAMSPORT, TN (WSMV) -

Two students injured when their school bus went airborne and crashed Monday afternoon in Hickman County are now improving.

The bus was on its way from Hickman County Middle School with eight students on board about 4 p.m. when the driver apparently lost control along Primm Springs Road near Williamsport.

Sheriff Randal Ward said the bus struck a concrete culvert and came to a rest when it hit a patch of small trees.

The two students who were injured are sisters, a 12-year-old and a 17-year-old. One of the girls was pinned under the backseat of the bus.

One of sisters was taken by medical helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the other was taken to Vanderbilt by ground ambulance.

The 12-year-old sister has been treated and released, but the 17-year-old remains hospitalized in stable condition.

It turns out the situation could have been much worse if the people who lived near the rural crash scene hadn't been trained in emergency medicine. Their expertise is what helped save the victims' lives.

Beth Suggs and her husband are paramedics who rushed to the crash scene and helped render first aid.

"That was part of our bedtime prayers last night that both of those kids were going to make it and they were going to be OK," Suggs said.

The bus driver, Jamie Christmas, was taken to a Hickman County hospital for treatment. She is a 15-year veteran bus driver with no previous issues on the job.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation into the crash.

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