Thomasville Times Enterprise


December 17, 2013

Vehicle strikes school bus on 319 North

THOMASVILLE — The driver of a car that struck a Thomas County school bus Tuesday afternoon had to be cut from his vehicle.

The driver, whose name was not available Tuesday might, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Archbold Memorial Hospital.

A student, who had no visible injuries but experienced nausea after the wreck, also was transported to Archbold.

The wreck occurred between 3:45 and 4 p.m. on U.S. 319 North near the highway’s intersection with Sanford Road.

The bus driver pulled the bus into a center turn lane to address a student situation, said Dr. Dusty Kornegay, Thomas County school superintendent. Students were making noises in the rear of the bus.

Traffic began to slow as vehicles approached the stopped bus, said Capt. Steven Jones, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

The car that struck the bus slammed on brakes, slid, rear-ended the bus and became lodged under the vehicle.

Jones said the driver of the car had to be cut from the vehicle by Thomas County Fire/Rescue and Thomas County Emergency Medical Service.

Kornegay said 17 students were passengers on the bus at the time of the wreck. With the exception of the child who was transported to Archbold, other children were either taken home by another bus or picked up their parents at the wreck scene.

Georgia State Patrol is investigating the wreck.

Kornegay said more information about the incident would be available Wednesday.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.


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