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Brave Hospital Selfie-Taking Teen Recounts Horror Of Deadly Bus-Truck Crash

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on April 11, 2014

Ten people were killed and at least 34 were taken to local hospitals after a FedEx truck crossed a median and slammed head-on into a bus carrying students in Northern California. The tragic collision killed both drivers, five students and three chaperones, the California Highway Patrol announced.

AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett

AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett

One of those students, Jonathan Gutierrez, was taken to the hospital as a result of the crash. Like Nate Scimio, a stabbing victim and hero from Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, earlier in the week, Gutierrez’s selfie from the hospital is making the rounds.

As noted after Scimio’s hospital selfie, you can scoff, and you can shake your fist and head, but there’s something altogether empowering about a strong kid standing up and saying, “I’m alive, I’m here.”

Gutierrez is, as you can see, alive, thankfully, though scraped and bruised. The teen recounted the horror of the deadly crash for Savannah Guthrie on Friday’s edition of the Today Show — one minute you’re taking a nap on a bus, the next you’re scrambling out a window and headed for the hospital. Gutierrez’s composure is well beyond his years.

You can read more of @jonathanngee’s tweets from the hospital here:

Our hearts go out to all the victims’ families, and may everyone taken to the hospitals get well soon. Tragic times. Better days ahead.

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