Two middle school girls who were ejected from a van on their way home from school are in stable condition and doing well, the Miami Gardens Police Department said Thursday.
On Wednesday, the girls and two other children were headed home from Norland Middle School in a shuttle they ride every day. The was heading north on Northwest 12th Avenue at 199th Street when an eastbound Nissan Altima hit the van, throwing the two children, Genesis Miller and Tonja Carter, onto the road.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took them to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Genesis suffered minor scrapes and bruising, but was in stable condition.
Tonja at first was in critical condition, but by the end of the night was downgraded to “stable” as well. She had a broken leg, cuts and bruises and bleeding on the brain that police say is “not serious.” She also had difficulty breathing and was placed on a respirator. She was transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit Wednesday night.
Police say none of her injuries will require surgery.
The driver of the Nissan Altima said Wednesday he had a heart attack before the accident, but after tests hospital officials determined he did not. They are still awaiting results to see if he had some other kind of medical episode.
The children’s van driver wasn’t seriously injured. The two other children in the van weren’t seriously hurt; one of them was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital by her parents.