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Wilkes County middle school student injured in bus crash while visiting Washington, DC on field trip

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WASHINGTON – An eighth-grade student from Central Wilkes Middle School was injured in a bus crash while visiting Washington, D.C. on a field trip, according to Mark Byrd, Wilkes County Schools Superintendent.

Hunter Brown (Family photo)

The student, identified as 14-year-old Hunter Brown, was hit by a commercial tour bus shortly before 7 p.m. Friday at West Basin Drive and Independence Avenue Southwest, according to United States Park Police.

The victim was trapped under the bus and taken to the hospital with serious injuries in a helicopter, according to authorities in Washington, D.C.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with this student and family this morning,” Byrd said.

The United States Park Police Traffic Safety Unit and Criminal Investigations Branch are investigating the crash.

Details have not been released about how the crash happened.

The students arrived back in Wilkes County on Saturday afternoon.