Popular Central Student Critical After Bus Crash

Phenix City Police Decline To Identify Driver At Fault

A popular Central High School student continues to fight for his life after colliding with a Phenix City School bus Friday afternoon.

The 17 year old driver and his teen passenger were coming home the first week of school in their 2012 Ford Focus when according to a police press release the Phenix City school bus pulled onto Alabama Highway 165 from the Misty Forrest Subdivision.

The release stops short of indicating which driver is actually at fault in the crash

Both vehicles sustained major damage and the Central High School student had to be extricated from the car and airlifted to Piedmont Regional where the situation has been touch and go and he remains in critical condition.

The 15 year old passenger was treated and released from the hospital this weekend.

Five people were on the bus including three students and all were taken to the hospital for observation and then released.

The Phenix City Police Department declined to comment on camera or provide a copy of the preliminary crash report.

WLTZ First News is withholding the names of both drivers due to the ongoing status of the investigation but both are known in the community.

No criminal charges are currently pending in the case but because the bus driver is related to an employee of the District Attorney’s office if charges are appropriate, Prosecutor Ken Davis will recuse his office from the criminal investigation and case.

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