13-Year-Old Student Dies After Severe Head Injury

(RepublicanJournal.org) – A Brazilian school is in mourning after a student died in a freak accident. The 13-year-old was leaning out the window of a school bus when it swerved to avoid other vehicles, and her head hit a pole. She died from her injuries before medics could get to the scene.

On August 17, 13-year-old Fernanda Pacheco Ferraz got on the bus home from her school in Nova Friburgo, near Rio de Janeiro. As the bus pulled away from the school, she stuck her head out of the window to wave to her friends. Tragically, as she did so, the driver was forced to maneuver to avoid cars parked on the right side of the narrow street — and when he did, Fernanda’s head struck a concrete pole beside the road, inflicting a serious wound.

Fellow passengers immediately told the driver what had happened, and he called emergency services. Unfortunately, Fernanda’s injuries were so severe she was dead by the time first responders reached her. She was buried on August 23. Her school, the State College Professor Carlos Côrtes, was closed for two days after the tragedy but reopened on August 21.

In response to Fernanda’s death, the Rio de Janeiro Secretary of State for Education released a statement saying he “deeply regrets the accident that occurred with a student from the State College Professor Carlos Côrtes.” He also called for a two-day period of mourning. The statement said the education department has been providing support to Fernanda’s family and the school.

The driver and bus company, Nova Faol, are cooperating with the inquiry. Nova Faol said the driver, who has been praised for his quick thinking after the accident, has over 13 years of experience on the same route. The company called the accident “unexpected and tragic.”

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