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School bus overturns in Columbia County crash with 2 kids on board

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 4:42 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2021 at 6:12 PM EDT
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EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A school bus was involved in a crash Thursday afternoon near Columbia Road near the entrance to Bartram Trail Golf Club in Columbia County.

The special-needs bus overturned around 3:30 p.m. on Columbia Road.

Two students, a driver and a school bus aide were on Bus 140, servicing Parkway Elementary School, along with the driver at the time of the accident, according to the Columbia County School System.

The students were in wheelchairs that were fastened down in the bus, deputies said.

Both students and an adult from the bus were transported to a medical facility out of an abundance of caution.

All other parties refused treatment, although everyone suffered minor injuries, deputies said.

Deputies said the crash occurred as the bus was traveling east, followed by a silver Honda Odyssey minivan carrying a driver and juvenile.

A black Nissan Sentra with a juvenile driver was westbound.

For unknown reasons, the Nissan crossed left of center and struck the left rear axles of the bus, deputies said.

This caused the bus to roll onto its left side and exit the roadway into the ditch on the south shoulder.

After impacting the bus, the Nissan began rotating counterclockwise, causing the right rear to strike the front right of the Honda traveling behind the bus.

The Nissan then exited the south shoulder coming to rest in the ditch.

The incident was causing a traffic problem with only a couple of cars being let through at a time.

It was the second local school bus crash in two days.

On Wednesday morning, a Richmond County school bus was involved in a crash in downtown Augusta.

The crash between the bus and another vehicle happened around 8:30 a.m. at Fenwick and Fifth streets, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The school bus had 26 students aboard, but there were no reports of injuries to them or the driver, according to the Richmond County School System.

However, the driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries, deputies said.

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