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Eatonville teen hit by school bus, is recovering

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm with No Comments »
January 30, 2009 1:18 pm

An Eatonville High School student is recovering today after being hit and injured by a school bus on Thursday afternoon.


The 14-year-old boy was “pretty banged up” and suffered internal injuries, Eatonville School District Superintendent Raymond Arment said Friday. The boy was being treated at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Tacoma.


Eatonville police were trying to figure out what happened Thursday afternoon.


The boy, a ninth grader, was hit by the bus as he was crossing the street about 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of Center Street East and Washington Avenue East, Arment said. He tumbled under the bus.


“We don’t know what happened,” Arment said.


Officers interviewed witnesses and a reconstruction of the accident was planned.


After the accident, the 65-year-old bus driver was taken for mandatory drug and alcohol testing. Arment said there were no signs of impairment at the scene.


The driver has been placed on paid administrative leave. She’s been a driver with the district for 17 years and has had no previous problems, Arment said.


“She is very distraught,” Arment said. “She’s one of our more experienced driver, a very cautious driver.”


Arment went to Mary Bridge Hospital on Thursday night and visited with the boy’s family. He said the boy is expected to make a full recovery.


Eatonville schools were not in session Friday because of a regularly-scheduled teacher in-service day.


On Monday, officials will offer counseling for any students who need to talk. They’ll also have a book available for classmates to send well wishes to the injured teen, Arment said.

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