Teen Still Critical After Boston Bus Crash

Mother says seriously injured teen is 'alert and aware' of what's happening

Five days after a tour bus filled with teens and chaperones from a Bucks County non-profit plowed into a Boston overpass, a young man remains hospitalized.

Matt Cruz, 17, was the most seriously injured in the Saturday night crash. He's awake, but remains in critical condition at Boston Medical Center, according to hospital officials.

"Matthew is badly injured and we’re hoping and praying for the best recovery possible. Matthew is alert and aware of what’s happening, and he’s cooperating with his doctors," his mother Megan said in a statement. "As far as how the accident happened, I don’t know."

In all, 39 were hurt when the Calvary Coach bus they were riding in had its roof partially sheered off on Soldiers Field Road, officials said. The section of road, which is marked for cars only, had a height-restriction. The bus crashed into an overpass with only a 10-foot clearance.

The bus was leaving Boston, Mass. for Bucks County after 33 teens and nine chaperones from the Destined for a Dream Foundation spent time at Harvard University. The Bristol, Pa. based non-profit helps mentor underprivileged young people.

Bus driver Samuel Jackson was also hurt in the crash, police said. Calvary Coach owner Ray Talmadge told NBC10 the 66-year-old driver looked away from the road to check his GPS moments before the bus hit the overpass.

"He looked down and when he looked back up, he saw a low bridge and he hit the low bridge," said Talmadge.

The Massachusetts State Police would not comment today on the status of its investigation only to say that it is ongoing. They also would not say if charges were expected to be filed against Jackson.

NBC10 called West Philadelphia-based Calvary Coach several times today. Those calls were not answered.

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