An early morning crash involving an Edgefield County School District bus filled with 24 Merriwether Elementary School pupils disrupted traffic on Highway 25 and sent a number of people to the hospital, but produced no serious injuries.
The bus, which was attempting to enter Highway 25 from Jacob McKie Road, collided with a late model Honda Accord which was driven up under the bus.
According to an official with the Edgefield County School District at the scene, the children suffered mostly from “aches and pains” as anxious parents waited patiently beside the bus. Seven of the children were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for evaluation, but their injuries were not considered serious.
“We were real fortunate, because it could have been a catastrophe,” said Edgefield County School Superintendent Greg Anderson. “The children were really more frightened than anything else because it was a big impact. We were lucky.”
Anderson said the 17 remaining pupils on the damaged bus were taken to school by another school district bus, where counselors awaited them.
Another vehicle, a late model BMW, was also involved in the crash as its driver tried to avoid both vehicles. The driver of both the Honda and BMW were taken to the hospital.
With Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office deputies managing traffic, firefighters and emergency responders from County Line Fire Department and Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department worked to clear the scene, which scattered debris over much of the busy intersection before 7 a.m.