SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A child is expected to be okay after she was hurt in an accident while trying to catch a school bus.
It happened around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on John Dodd Road near Good Drive.
Spartanburg County Dispatch received reports that the girl was hit. Troopers later said that the child ran into a truck stopped for the school bus.
Troopers say a preliminary investigation shows the child was running to catch the school bus, crossed the road and ran into the side of a pickup truck that had stopped for the school bus. They say her injuries are not life threatening.
The driver of the truck won’t be charged.
Medics took her by ambulance to Spartanburg Medical Center.
Amy Rayfield tells 7 News that the girl is her little sister. She identified her as 11-year-old Makala Branch.
Makala is a fifth grader at Fairforest Elementary School, Rayfield said.
“I ran to her and she was unconscious at the time and I flipped her over to her back because I learned that. I used to be in this EMS class. I was making sure she stayed still because she did attempt to get up but I didn’t let her. I just kind of sat there with her and made her stay awake,” Amy said.
Makala’s family says she dislocated her shoulder, but will be okay.
“She ran into (the truck). I don’t see how but I guess it was in the moment. She just wasn’t really paying attention. She hit the side of the truck,” Amy said.
A spokeswoman with the school district said extra counselors are on hand to speak with students who may have witnessed the accident.
The school district says the bus driver is on administrative leave pending an investigation.
The bus driver told the transportation director that he came for a complete stop, put bus arms out and had lights on.
He said he was getting ready to leave when he heard a knock from students trying to get on.