The flag at the Pataula Charter School is at half staff
A family member says that an axle on the bus broke
The accident happened on Highway 39 in Clay County south of Ft. Gaines
CLAY CO., GA (WALB) -
Authorities say the 10-year-old girl killed in the bus accident Tuesday was Jordyn Doughtie. The state patrol says 6 were injured, and the accident is still under investigation.
Grief counselors will be at a South Georgia school Wednesday to help people deal with Jordan's death.
She was killed late Wednesday afternoon on Highway 39 in Clay County south of Ft. Gaines, and other students were injured when a Pataula Charter Academy bus crashed.
Relatives of one little girl thrown from the bus say she was sitting right next to her friend who died.
"We found there was a total of eight injuries on the bus including the driving and there is one confirmed fatality," said Clay County Sheriff Roger Shivers.
Jordyn Doughtie was sitting next to 10-year-old Sonnia Wallace and both of them were ejected.
We spoke on the phone with Sonnia's family members who described the tragic events.
"She was on the front seat with one of her friends which resulted in her best friend passing and my little sister said she was flipped up in the air and out of the bus," said Sonnia's brother Tavauris Wallace.
The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team remained on site late Wednesday investigating the crash. Sonnia's grandfather says it may have been a mechanical malfunction.
"We're told that the axle on the bus broke and that's what threw them out," said Grandfather Wyatt Grace.
We are leaning that Wallace shared an emotional exchange with her mother as she lay on the ground next to her friend right before she was taken to the hospital.
"While she was down on the ground next to the friend that passed, she was looking in my mother's eyes and told my mother 'please don't let me die', said Tavauris Wallace.
We're told Sonnia Wallace suffered a punctured lung and broken elbow.
Classes are called off Wednesday at Pataula Charter.