Student hit by Mesa school bus, trapped underneath

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MESA, Ariz. -- A Skyline High School student was injured when she reportedly was hit by a Mesa Public Schools bus Wednesday morning.

Mesa police Sgt. Ed Wessing said the bus driver was attempting to turn left near Crismon and Broadway roads and didn't see the student, who was in a crosswalk and had the right of way.

The front of the bus struck Wynnona Brooks, 18, and she became wedged between the wheel well and tires in the back of the bus. The student had to be extricated.

Crews from Rural Metro, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Mesa Fire and Police responded to the scene. Aerial video from the Fort McDowell News Chopper showed three ambulances, several fire trucks and dozens of emergency crews near the bus.

According to Forrest Smith of the Mesa Fire Department, Brooks was not run over.

"Fortunately, the bus driver had the presence of mind to notice that he did strike something," Smith said. "At that point, he just shut down real quick ...."

Smith went on to say that the teen was alert and talking to emergency crews. Because of the nature of the wreck, she was air-lifted to a local hospital. She is in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries.

There were about 20 high-school students on the bus at the time of the wreck.

No injuries were reported on board the bus. Aerial video showed the students standing on the sidewalk across the street from the bus.

The bus driver was identified as Kenneth Bischof.