Two Buses Collide In Effingham County, Injuring Children
Effingham County, GA- WTOC.com reports that two school buses slammed into each other around 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018. The initial reports indicated that no children suffered any injuries. However, as the day progressed, law enforcement officials said that two children were in fact injured in the Friday morning crash. The injuries are not considered life-threatening.*
According to reports, the two school buses which collided were not from the same school system. One bus was from the local YMCA, and the other was from the Effingham County school department. At the time of the collision, YMCA bus traveled on Ebenezer Road while the Effingham County bus rode on Mill Pond Road. The driver of the Effingham County school bus attempted to execute a left-hand turn onto Ebenezer Road in front of the YMCA bus. The driver of the YMCA bus had insufficient time to react and could not stop the vehicle before it hit the Effingham County bus on the driver's side.
Effingham County school administrators were thankful that the injuries were not serious. They recognized that the situation could have been much worse. One child on the YMCA bus was shaken up by the incident. First responders examined the child but determined further medical treatment be unnecessary. A few children on the Effingham County bus suffered minor injuries such as bumps and bruises to their arms, knees, or faces. Some of the parents of the injured children took them to medical facilities for examination.
Police cited the driver of the Effingham County bus for failing to yield to oncoming traffic. The driver will now submit to drug testing and can come back to work if cleared by the school department. Overall, school administrators praised the County's school bus drivers saying that the drivers do a terrific job all year taking care of the students and making sure they are safe.
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