Two eighth graders were taken to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital on Wednesday afternoon after sustaining head injuries while sticking their heads out of a school bus window, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
According to a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Public School District, two eighth grade girls from Barack Obama Academy in the East Liberty area of Pittsburgh were injured while sticking their heads out of a school bus window. The bus was turning onto Highland Avenue when the girls’ heads struck a metal pole on the sidewalk.
Spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said both girls were still being treated at Children’s Hospital as of Wednesday evening. Pugh also said that many other students had their heads out of the bus window and the bus was not speeding at the time of the accident.
One of the victims, identified as Shataya Cohen, 13, suffered a neck laceration that narrowly missed an artery. She was being held for observation, according to her mother. The injuries to the other victim are described as less serious.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are a major cause of death and disability in the U.S. TBI is caused by bumps or blows to the head and can range in severity from mild to severe. TBI was the cause of about 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations, or deaths in 2010. About 15% of TBI are caused by being struck by or against an object.