2 girls injured while hanging heads out school bus windows

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Two students at the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies were hanging out of windows of the school bus taking them home today when their heads struck a stationary pole, sending both to the hospital.

The precise nature of the injuries is not known, said Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh. The student suffering more serious injuries was transported to Children's Hospital via ambulance. Only one incident appears on the Emergency Medical Service's dispatch log, according to district chief Richard Linn. A 13-year-old girl was reportedly cut on the neck by a street sign attached to a pole.

The other student was taken by a teacher on the scene. Her age and injuries could not be immediately learned.

Ms. Pugh said several students had their heads outside of the bus at the time, though only two were injured -- either by a utility pole or a sign pole along Highland Avenue near the school in East Liberty. She said this is the first time such an incident has occurred during her eight years with the school district.

Ms. Pugh said there was no indication that the bus driver was speeding. The incident occurred as the bus was departing the school on Highland Ave.

Isaac Stanley-Becker: istanley-becker@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3775.

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