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Greene County, AR- Rebecca Smith Reports

School Bus Crash Victim Speaks Out, Hailed A Hero

PARAGOULD - Taylor Lawson is being called a hero for jumping to the aid of other children who were injured in a bus crash on the morning of September 27th.

Lawson suffered a fractured vertebrae and he says that's resulted in him not being able to do some things he used to.

"I can't go to work in Memphis anymore. I try to spend the most of my time resting because the more I move around the more it hurts," said Lawson.

Lawson is one of seven children who were taken to the hospital last week when the Greene County Tech bus they were on crashed into a ditch.

Taylor says he acted on instinct alone when he saw his 15-year-old sister trapped under one of the seats.

"After we first hit she slung over into another seat and hit hers and then she somehow flipped upside down and went into my seat," said Lawson. "I laid her out so she could breathe and then I proceeded to the front to make sure the children were alright."

Lawson hasn't been back to school yet. He says his parents don't want him on the same route as the driver, Kathryn George, of Paragould.

She's charged with a misdemeanor for reckless driving.

"My parents are upset about it. The bus driver is driving again. This isn't her first accident, she's had numerous accidents," said Lawson.


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