1 still in critical from Miami airport bus crash

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm •  Published: December 4, 2012
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MIAMI (AP) — One passenger on the bus that crashed into a concrete overpass at Miami International Airport remained in critical condition, hospital officials said Tuesday.  

Officials at Ryder Trauma Center and the Jackson Memorial Hospital Emergency Room held a press conference, but doctors declined to release specific details about the types of injuries the passengers sustained. Police initially said the majority of the injuries were facial due to the frontal impact.

One patient was in good condition while three others were in fair condition. Seven passengers have been discharged. One person died at the hospital after Saturday's crash and another died at the scene.

Police have not charged or cited the driver of the bus that carried 32 members of a Jehovah's Witnesses group. Doctors said the hospital has procedures in place to deal with any religious group, such as Jehovah's Witnesses, that does not take blood transfusions.

"That's a major problem in trauma care," said Dr. Nicholas Namias, medical director of Ryder Trauma Center and Chief of the Division of Trauma at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

"If the patient is an adult and states that wish, we will take care of them without blood transfusions to whatever extent that they desire," he said.