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Boy struck by school bus
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A 9-year-old boy was struck by a school bus on Plum Orchard Drive while on his way to school early Friday morning.

Newton County Sheriff's Lt. Bill Watterson said the boy was life-flighted from the scene to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Sherri Viniard, the director of public relations for Newton County School System, said the student is in good condition and was released late Friday.

 A witness reportedly told NCSO Deputy Dale Shirley that the boy was running down the right side of the street beside school bus 90-2 when the bus slowed down for the bus stop and the boy darted in front of it.

In an official statement, Viniard wrote, "The driver responded appropriately and emergency medical and law enforcement personnel were called to the scene."

When the deputy arrived he found the victim lying in the middle of the road still conscious and crying. A closer inspection revealed a quarter seized gash on the right side of the child's head.

Watterson said the bus' grill broke off during the accident and was also found on the ground. Damage to the grill was consistent with the boy's injury.

Reports indicate the victim attended West Newton Elementary School.

"We would like to thank KidsNet Newton for providing counseling services for students and staff as needed," Viniard said. "We are extremely grateful for their services. We also appreciate the quick response of the law enforcement and emergency medical personnel."