DUNCAN, S.C. (WSPA) – A Byrnes High School student has a long road to recovery following a traffic accident.
Madison Gervasi, 17, was in the crash on Thursday.
Madison’s mom says the teen is now breathing on her own after suffering punctured lungs, broken bones and internal bleeding.
“She’s very caring and always seems to be concerned about other people and how they’re doing,” Madison’s friend, Katie Hill, said.
Katie has known Madison since the girls were in second grade.
Katie follows updates on Facebook posted by Madison’s mother.
The accident is the latest incident that Byrnes students have dealt with in recent years.
It’s been a few tough years for many students at the school, with the untimely deaths of Ben Cox and Sam Durbin, Madison’s accident is just another scare.
With prom held this past Saturday, students say they just miss their friend.
It’s the Facebook post that brings relief and hope to those who are praying for Madison Gervasi.
Madison is in Spartanburg Medical Center recovering from an accident that happened in Duncan last Thursday.
“My first reaction was I was terrified because we’ve had so many casualties at Byrnes throughout the last year and a half to two years and that was something that I didn’t want to hear about again,” Katie says.
Troopers say while Madison tried to make a u-turn, a truck hit her, causing her car to hit a tree and burst into flames.
Luckily, witnesses pulled her and a passenger from the car.
Madison was airlifted to a hospital with multiple injuries including two collapsed and punctured lungs and internal bleeding. By Friday, news spread at Byrnes High School.
“It was definitely more quiet then usual a lot of people I know had been talking about it. Not everybody knew exactly what happened,” Katie says.
On Saturday, students went to prom and Madison was clearly missed.
Katie tells us the passenger in Madison’s car is out of the hospital.
Madison is still in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Her family set up a GoFundme page to help with expenses.