At least a dozen students in Pennsylvania were sent to a hospital’s emergency room after a school bus hit a rock in Monroe County on Monday, May 14.
“We just hit a bump,” said one girl, named Savannah Paneto, to WNEP-TV in a video report.
“I was just launched up in the air … hit my arm on the window,” the girl said.
“It could have been a lot worse, and I was actually hearing a lot worse and thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve got to get there and I couldn’t get here fast enough,” said parent Tara Paneto.
“No words because your heart stops. Your pulse jumps, and you can’t get to your child fast enough. You can’t find out information fast enough,” said parent Danielle Kaplafka. “She is doing well. She has a couple bangs, but she is back at the school and doing well. We are just crossing our fingers now for the others,” she added.
Officials at the East Stroudsburg Area School District said that none of the students were seriously hurt. The students were sent to two different hospitals
The students were from Bushkill Elementary.
“All students on that bus were evaluated by emergency medical services (EMS) at the scene, who determined that seventeen of the students required further evaluation at either St. Luke’s – Bartonsville or Lehigh Valley – Pocono hospitals,” the school said, according to local news website Palhomepage.com. “School district administrators were dispatched to receive students and their parents at both medical facilities.”
It added: “Parents of the transported students were informed by telephone which medical center their child was being transported to. Students who were deemed by EMS not to require medical attention were transported back to school on the second school bus where they were seen by the school nurse in accordance with the district’s emergency response plan.”
The school said that “parents of all fourth-grade students were informed of the field trip incident via our mass notification system after parents of all affected students were contacted personally. All students are expected to be treated and released before the end of the day.”