All 65 injured children have returned home after six school Burke County Middle School busses were involved in an accident on the way to Atlanta on Saturday morning.
At 10:16 a.m. Saturday, six Burke County school buses headed to Six Flags, a reward for scoring well on a state assessment test, were involved in an accident on Interstate 20 near Social Circle, Ga., according to Gordy Wright, Georgia State Patrol’s director of public information.
The buses were in the right lane and reached a construction zone east of Covington. As the first bus slowed down, the bus behind it hit it, starting a chain reaction involving all six buses.
Amy Nunnally, a spokeswoman for the Burke County school system, said most of the children taken to four area hospitals were retrieved by their parents, while 22 of them were taken home by bus late Saturday. The bus was escorted by school principal Rudy Falana.
The most seriously injured, bus driver Angela Anthony, was due back home Sunday, as well, Nunnally said. Anthony had to be extricated from the bus after the accident with the jaws of life and was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
Wright said the wreck was still under investigation and charges were pending.