The condition of the injured students was the biggest concern after a bus accident in Washington County. 25 teenagers and their bus driver wound up in hospitals.
"We train frequently for this," said Dr. Tyler Putnam.
For the children on Bus #88, it was a good thing they had. Scores of ambulances rushed to Johnson City Medical Center while helicopters landed on the helipad with injured students.
Johnson City Medical Center received 16 students and the bus driver; eight students went to Franklin Woods hospital, and one was seen at Holston Valley.
"Multiple counties responding to this accident, multiple air transport, both from mountain states and Wellmont responded," said Putnam.
We learned that with all of the medical vehicles that were actually coming into the Johnson City Medical Center. They dealt with a wide range of injuries, some very critical and some not life-threatening. "From head to toe we've had major scalp evulsions, literally like a scalping. We've had cervical spine fracture, multiple long bone fractures of legs," said Putnam.
Putnam also told us they are keeping a few students overnight to evaluate pelvic and abdomen injuries
News 5 learned that even with all of the injuries, every life was saved. "All the children are stable. At this point we expect recoveries, full recoveries," said Putnam.
We spoke with a representative from Wellmont, who tells us their patient is in good condition. We learned from Johnson City Medical Center that 12 students have been admitted to stay overnight for further evaluation.
Director of Washington County, Tennessee schools Ron Dykes told us Thursday evening that they will have counselors on site at David Crockett High School on Friday, September 21 for students who want to talk about the accident.
Insurance claims information is on the Washington County Schools website WCDE.org.