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Robert E. Lee High School Students Mourn Loss Of Fellow Classmate
An update to a story we brought you last night on CBS 8 News at 10 p.m. --
Students at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery returned to school with one of their fellow classmates missing today after two boys were hit by a truck as they walked on a highway near Birmingham last night... leaving one dead and another injured.
Brannon Freyman says it was a different day at school for students at Lee High School in Montgomery. Students returned to find out that one of their classmates had been killed and another injured. 16-year-old, Alex Bridgman, was pronounced dead on the scene.
"My friend posted a picture on instagram of like the crash it was like, 'RIP to Alex' and I was like, 'Alex who?' And it said 'Bridgman.' And I was like, 'oh my.' And I figured out that it was the Alex I was thinking of," Said Freyman.
It happened on a busy stretch of highway, just south of Birmingham on Highway 119. Montgomery Public School officials say the students were on a school bus coming home from an Information Technology Academy field trip when they stopped in Pelham for dinner. That's when Pelham police say the students were hit by a pickup truck as they tried to cross a road, which did not have a designated crosswalk.
The name of the second student who was injured has not been released.
Montgomery Public Schools spokesperson, Tom Salter, says there were several chaperones with the students.
"The students were told not to cross the street. When they stopped for their meals they were given a choice of restaurants right there close to the bus, but they were told not to cross the street," Said Salter.
Brannon Freyman had known Bridgman since he was 11-years-old and he says he'll miss his friend.
"It just makes you realize how short life can be," Said Freyman.
There were counselors at Lee High School all throughout the school day both for the students and teachers involved. Montgomery Public School officials say students who were on the field trip were told by the principal that they did not need to come to school today, although half of them were there.
The driver of the pick-up truck was not injured. There are no charges pressed against him so far. Montgomery Public Schools along with Pelham Police say they will continue to investigate the accident.
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