Columbia County school bus crashes into trash bin

Monday, March 19, 2012 8:28 AM
Last updated 4:48 PM
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Several pupils suffered minor injuries when a Columbia County school bus crashed into a trash bin Monday morning in Grovetown.

Of the 38 pupils on board, eight were taken by ambulance to a hospital and five others were transported by their parents, Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. All injuries were minor.

School bus driver Ernest Turner, 58, was driving bus No. 991 about 7:15 a.m. when the bus hit the bin in the 100 block of Misty Woods Drive, Morris said. Turner was driving forward when he misjudged the distance and struck the bin, which sat less than 2 feet off the road.

School system Transportation Director Dewayne Porter was out of town Monday. Assistant Director Shirley Doolittle refused to immediately comment on the crash.

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stillamazed 03/19/12 - 10:42 am
I am thankful for school bus

I am thankful for school bus drivers but honestly some of them scare me, they will speed, and pull out in front of you in a heartbeat. I know they have a schedule to keep but safety should come before schedules.

rbndawn 03/20/12 - 12:23 am
Bus driver job is hard, think

Bus driver job is hard, think about distractions you have on trip to the market with your kids or even worst a one hour trip, you know what I'm talking about... now think riding with 20 or 30, that sometimes put them to the test and they do this do every day, a big thanks to all of them specially to Mrs. Hamilton from Columbia Middle. and her policy of "no bullies allowed in my bus". Thank you for your patience and dedication to our kids and for being safe on the road... Y'all be careful out there...

belle 03/20/12 - 07:28 am
Ok, I am confused, was it a

Ok, I am confused, was it a dumpster as first reported, a van as it says on the headline page or a bin aka "herby curby"??

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