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Aunt of child hurt during school bus accident speaks exclusively to News 4

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LITCHFIELD, Il. (KMOV) -- The family of the student most seriously injured in Tuesday's bus wreck near Litchfield is only talking to News 4.

Jessica Davis, 12, was airlifted to Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center after her school bus from Grant-Fork Elementary slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer on I-55. The truck had stopped near a construction zone.

Davis' aunt, Ann Marie, said Jessica was sitting in the second row of the bus and had fallen asleep. Davis woke up when the bus hit the semi.

"The seat [in front of her] had collapsed on her," she said.

A teacher immediately came to her aide, she said.

"She was sitting with her and  holding the seat up off of her until they could get her out of the bus," Ann Marie said. (Ann Marie asked News 4 to withold her last name).

Doctors began to operate on Davis' broken leg Tuesday afternoon. Ann Marie told News 4 Davis' surgery was a success. However, she said the fracture was so bad, Davis will not be able to put pressure on her leg for 4-6 weeks. Davis' nose was also repaired. Her nose had been pushed out of place when the bus struck the semi.

Ann Marie said she is struck by her niece's bravery.

"The helicopter pilot said she talked to them the whole way over and that she told them, 'As soon as I heard them using the jaws of life I knew I was going to be just fine.' She's just an amazing little girl," she said.

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