Boy walking home hit by school bus, critically injured in Stayto - KPTV - FOX 12

Boy walking home hit by school bus, critically injured in Stayton

Posted: Updated:
School bus in Stayton on Tuesday afternoon. (Source: KPTV) School bus in Stayton on Tuesday afternoon. (Source: KPTV)
Scene where 10-year-old boy was hit by a school bus in Stayton on Monday. (Source: KPTV) Scene where 10-year-old boy was hit by a school bus in Stayton on Monday. (Source: KPTV)
Stayton Intermediate/Middle School (Source: KPTV) Stayton Intermediate/Middle School (Source: KPTV)

A 10-year-old Stayton boy is in critical condition after being hit by a school bus. Investigators said it happened Monday afternoon as he was walking home.   

Family said the Stayton Intermediate/Middle School fifth-grader is stable, responsive and his condition is improving. He remained in a Portland hospital Tuesday.

Neighbors told FOX 12 the school bus was making its last stop of the day near the 1200 block of West Locust Street Monday, and the driver was turning left like he always does. 

Only, as that was happening, the 10-year-old boy was running across the street and the driver hit him, according to witnesses.  

Jose Michel lives on that street corner and said he ran to help the boy right after the collision.

“I was the first one to get to the kid, I ran out there without a shirt or shoes on, so I had to ask somebody for something to make him comfortable,” said Jose Michel. “Someone gave me a jacket to put under his head.”

Michel said the bus driver radioed for help and he tried to keep the boy calm while they waited for paramedics to arrive.

“The kid was crying, but unfortunately I couldn’t do anything,” said Michel. “There was so much blood.”

By that point, word had spread to Stayton Intermediate/Middle School, which is only a couple blocks away. Teachers and staff rushed to the intersection to see what they could do.

“It’s awful,” said Andrew Gardner, North Santiam School District superintendent. “You go to the scene hoping nothing serious happened, and to find a student was injured, is really upsetting for all of the staff.”

The district said there were no other children on the bus at the time of the crash and their buses are contracted out by Mid Columbia Bus Company.  

A supervisor at Mid Columbia Bus Company told FOX 12 they are very sorry about what happened and are praying for the boy. While they would not release the driver’s name, they confirm he’s been with the company since the start of the school year and is now on three days paid leave. 

“The driver, he was devastated,” said Michel. “It wasn’t his fault, he didn’t see him.”

Gardner told FOX 12 counselors were brought to Stayton Intermediate/Middle School on Tuesday to help kids work through their feelings about the incident. He added that kids also spent the day making cards and putting together care packages to give to the boy at the hospital. 

Police said the crash is still under investigation.

Copyright 2016 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. 

Powered by Frankly
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.