New details shared in I-20 school bus crash at county line

Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 5:05 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Laurens County School District is sharing new details in a crash that involved two of its buses this Friday evening.

Around 5 p.m., the Richmond County traffic unit was working an accident on I-20 westbound at the Richmond County/Columbia County line.

The accident involved two Laurens County school buses and a Penske box truck.

The buses were loaded with approximately 60 students from the East Lauren High School’s football team. According to a message from the school’s principal, the team was on their way from the University of South Carolina in Columba to to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where they are participating in summer football camps.

“As of 5 p.m., the school district is working with the Laurens County Board of Education Transportation, coaches, and DOT officials to cancel the last half of the trip and to get everyone (players and coaches) home safely this evening. We are currently making arrangements to make sure everyone has eaten before returning home,” ELHS Principal Dr. Lee Collins said in a message to parents.

There have been no reports of any injury to any of the parties involved.

The two left lanes of I-20 west were temporarily blocked following the accident as crews worked to remove the bus from the road way.

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