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65 injured children involved in Burke County school bus crash return home

Sunday, May 20, 2012 8:06 PM
Last updated Monday, May 21, 2012 7:28 PM
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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.

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ARM 05/21/12 - 06:43 pm
witnessed this convoy

Unfortunately I am not surprised in the least when I saw this on the news. I witnessed this line of buses on I-20 just getting back on the highway from a stop. The first thing that I noticed about these buses that they were very close together and I thought to myself, they sure are traveling fast for school buses...I wonder if there are kids on those buses? The windows were tinted so you could not see on the bus. But it was odd to see the buses traveling the way they were. I hope everyone ends up being ok.

mosovich 05/21/12 - 07:01 pm
I can see it now..

I can see the headlines now.. School system goes bankrupt because out to get rich parents sue the school system for everything they have.. I really hope this doesn't turn into a circus..

swimmer 05/21/12 - 07:40 pm
Unfortunately, many in our

Unfortunately, many in our society see dollar signs and sue at the drop of a hat. It's the gimme more mentality.

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