Two Children Injured, School Bus Driver Killed in in Upson County, Georgia
GEORGIA - An accident news report published on ajc.com states that a school bus driver was tragically killed in a bus accident Friday morning.*
Two children who were riding on the bus were injured in the crash. According to officials, the bus accident happened only a couple of days after the first day of school in the district. The school bus driver, a 69-year-old man, was driving northbound along Logtown Road by Thomaston. At around seven o'clock in the morning, the bus crossed over the median into the opposite lane and struck a utility truck that was heading south.
Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore told the reporters with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that responding Sherriff's deputies discovered the school bus driver died at the scene of the accident. His name has not been released to the public.
According to the report, three children were on the school bus at the time of the crash. Two of the students complained of injuries, Sheriff Kilgore reported. All three children, who are in 1st, 2nd and 5th grades, were transported to a local area hospital for observation and medical treatment. Those two were taken to the hospital by ambulance, according to the Thomaston-Upson School District.
The utility truck driver was not hurt in the crash, and he called 911. The truck driver also stayed at the accident scene to speak with law enforcement and to help.
The Thomaston-Upson School District issued a statement on its Facebook page concerning the accident. The statement said, "Our hearts go out to our bus driver's family and to his friends and co-workers at the Thomaston-Upson Transportation Department. We ask the community to join us in keeping the family of our bus driver as well as our students and their families in your thoughts and prayers and to respect their privacy during this difficult time."
The collision follows many other school bus accidents in the metro Atlanta area over the past several months. Two school bus accidents occurred in DeKalb County last May.
The Upson County Sheriff's Office will complete the school bus accident investigation. The area around the school bus accident was closed for several hours while emergency crews and law enforcement managed the school bus accident and tended to the victims. There were no additional details concerning the fatal school bus accident. Accident eyewitnesses are asked to contact the Upson County Sheriff's Office to provide any helpful information that they may have.
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