UPDATE: Burke Co. Middle School sends letter to parents about bus crash

By: Sheli Muniz Email
By: Sheli Muniz Email
News 12 has learned all of the Burke County Middle School students taken to the hospital have been released and are now home.

School bus accident involving Burke County students near Atlanta.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A letter was released to parents about the crash. Click here to read it. (PDF)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

9 a.m. update from Burke County School spokesperson:
News 12 has learned all of the Burke County Middle School students that were taken to various hospitals have been released and are now home. The only victim still in the hospital is the bus driver, who was airlifted to Grady Hospital. She is still at Grady for observation.

6:30 p.m. update from Burke County School spokesperson:
The 260 students were heading to Six Flags. At least 50 are being treated at four hospitals: Leaks County, Newton General, Walton County and Morgan County. They will be released to their parents.

3 p.m. update from the Georgia State Patrol:
All lanes of I-20 westbound remain blocked and will be for probably the next hour as emergency workers finish up in Newton County.

One person was airlifted to Grady Memorial in Atlanta with serious injuries. She is Angela Anthony, age 44, from Midville, Ga. She was one of the bus drivers.

A total of 50 other people are being checked at area hospitals for complaints of injury. Two other people were transported for visible injuries.

The crash involved six school buses from Burke County that were going to Six Flags and a passenger car. At mile marker 98, just west of the Georgia Highway 11 exit, traffic began slowing for a lane closure about a half mile ahead.

As the buses slowed, one bus struck the rear of another, setting off a chain reaction crash. The passenger car was the last vehicle in the line and struck the rear of the sixth bus.

The crash remains under investigation by the GSP post in Monroe and the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.

News 12 has learned those on the bus are sixth and seventh grade students.

Some buses are expected to come back this afternoon around 4:30 p.m. Parents can pick up their students at Burke County Middle School. News 12 has a crew there and will have the latest on News 12 at 6 o'clock.

Initial report:
COVINGTON, Ga. -- News 12 has learned students from Burke County Middle School who were heading to Six Flags have been involved in a school bus accident in Newton County.

We are told those on board include students, a school board member and a principal.

According to school officials, the jaws of life were used to cut out one of the drivers. There is no word on his or her condition.

We're told the accident happened when lanes were reduced and the driver slammed on the brakes, causing a chain reaction.

The students were heading to the amusement park in Atlanta for performing well on the CRCT test.

Stay with News 12 as we continue to follow this story.

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