SOUTH BEND — One of the many children involved in the school bus accident in Marshall Co. was flown to Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning for treatment for his injuries.
The boy’s mom said the crash was very scary for their family, because they didn’t know if he was one of the students who was hurt on the bus.
Bridget Bell found out about the accident when her nephew called her in a panic, saying her son, Zayne Bell, 14, was flown to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. It took her about an hour to get in contact with the school, but eventually both the school and hospital called her to let her know her son was airlifted for treatment of his injuries.
“He was shaken up and saying that he was OK, but that Zayne had gotten lifeflighted and he didn’t know what happened, but he got life lined and he was unconscious,” Bell said.
She said he was knocked unconscious from the crash. All that he remembers is a big boom, glass flying in the air and hitting his head.
“He was upset and hurt, he had glass all over and he kept complaining his head hurt and the light was hurting him and he was really dizzy,” Bell said.
His mom said the school principal made the hour drive to the hospital to check on Zayne.
“He didn’t have to come and he did, knowing that his son was on the bus with my son,” she said. “They play basketball together and they were in the same grade, and he left his son to make sure my son was OK.”
Fortunately, Zayne’s injuries were not life-threatening. He has been released from the hospital but has a concussion from the accident and is dizzy and bothered by light.
Sadly, Zayne lost his best friend in the accident. His mom said they played football together. She also said he doesn’t ever want to ride on a bus again and that he wants her to drive him to school every day.
Zayne’s two cousins were also in the accident. They were examined at different hospitals but have been released from the hospital. They were among many who were reunited with parents following the crash.