THOMASVILLE — An investigation has been launched into a Friday incident in which a Thomasville City School System bus struck a student on a Thomas County School System campus.

The bus driver has been suspended, pending results of the investigation and voluntary drug testing, said city schools Superintendent Dr. Laine Reichert.

"We are relieved to know that the accident wasn't more serious," she said.

After dropping off a student at Pathways, the city bus was heading out of the parking lot to get back on North Pinetree Boulevard, said county schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Williams. 

"The student was walking across the parking lot toward Bishop Hall when the city school bus ran into him," she said.

Immediately before the bus struck the 18-year-old male student, a friend warned him that the bus was about to hit him, said Thomasville Post 12 Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Tyler Edgar.

A student with the victim said, " ' Hey, man, that school bus is not going to stop,' " the trooper said.

The bus driver told Edgar he was looking to the right and could not stop fast enough to prevent hitting the student.

The student was knocked to the ground, lay there, then got up. Thomas County Emergency Medical Service transported him to Archbold Memorial Hospital.

"He was hit pretty good," the trooper said. 

Edgar described the student's injuries as scrapes and bruises.

No charges were made against the bus driver. 

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