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Several Fayetteville Bus Crash Victims Still Hospitalized, Two Remain In Critical Condition

Posted April 8, 2001 12:56 p.m. EDT

— Two students fromMassey Hill Classical High Schoolare still in critical condition after the bus they were on crashed on Interstate 95 south in Georgia Friday morning.

Jill Adams, 15, and Patricia Mathis, 16, are being treated at Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center. Trauma Surgeon Miren Schinco said that both students are in critical, but stable condition with head injuries. Officials say both students are making progress.

Another child is still listed in fair condition, though she is awake and alert and interacting with her family. Two other children are listed in stable condition.

All five children who went to the operating room Friday will require several trips to the operating room for, at the very least, repeat orthopedic surgeries.

About 46 people were on the bus headed to Florida to participate in theAll-American Music Festival of Orlando, an international band and choral competition, when the accident occurred. About two dozen were injured.

Students on board the charter bus say the driver, Darol Wayne Britt, 38, of Fayetteville, appeared to be too tired to drive safely. They say he swerved across the road several times before the wreck.

"When we had stopped at the rest stop, he took a nap. He was leaning on the steering wheel and slept the whole 30 minutes," says student Grant Cates.

Britt's family says he is an experienced driver who always got enough rest before a job.

"He had about five-and-a-half to six hours of sleep before he left. He did have sleep before he left on that trip," says Melissa Dalton, Britt's niece.

Britt is being detained at a Georgia jail.