Northbridge Teen in Coma After Being Hit By School Bus

A 15-year-old student is in an induced coma after being hit by a school bus in Northbridge on Wednesday. The teen, whose name has not been released, was riding his bike on Linwood Avenue near the entrance of Northbridge High School when the accident occured, Northbridge police told WCVB.

WBZ reported that police believe the student turned into the path of the bus before the driver could react. The teen was thrown about 40 feet when he was hit.

The student, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, including multiple skull fractures. NECN reported that he is in an induced coma and in stable condition. Police told WBZ he is expected to survive.

The 84-year-old bus driver, John Direnzo, remained on the scene. Currently, there are no charges against him.

Northbridge Police Lt. Timothy Labrie told NECN that the quick response from bystanders—including the school’s nurses—was a “great help.”

“You can’t give enough credit to the school nurses,” Labrie said. “They were excellent.”

The incident is being investigated by the Northbridge Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.


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