Updated by: Tom Ensey
SHORTER, AL (WSFA) - Macon County School Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks said Friday morning that a child hit by a school bus Thursday is in critical condition and has been transported to a Birmingham hospital.
State troopers say a Macon County school bus was unloading students on County Road 13 when the driver struck one of them.
The 5-year old boy was immediately taken to Jackson Hospital in Montgomery where he remained until he was rushed to Birmingham. His family is with him.
School officials told WSFA 12 News other children were immediately moved to another bus.
The news shocked the community, especially school board president Theodore Samuel.
"It presents us a problem because this has happened. We're wondering why it happened. We don't know why it happened and personally, I don't know why it happened," says Samuel.
The accident comes just months after a report from the state showed nearly half of the county's school buses had major problems and needed immediate repair.
Brooks says all the buses were fixed, and she doubts this accident has any relation to those findings.
Sheriff's deputies say state troopers took the bus driver to Montgomery for questioning and a drug test.
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