Julian Ronald Brown II, 20, of Evans, was driving the bus of nine elementary school children on Hardy-McManus Road just before 4 p.m. when he lost control going over a hill, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Curry. He had just left Riverside Elementary School at the time of the wreck.
“He remembers he couldn’t steer it,” Curry said of Brown’s statement to him.
The bus was transporting children for an after-school program at Greenbrier, A Bradley School, situated on William Few Parkway. Curry said it appears the bus veered off the westbound shoulder twice before Brown over-corrected. The bus spun around and flipped onto its side on the edge of a steep embankment.
All nine children were wearing seat belts and were able to climb out of the overturned vehicle, Curry said. Some sustained minor injuries, but most were uninjured, he said.
Some of the children were picked up at the crash scene by their parents, and others were taken to a nearby church to wait for their parents.
Brown was cited for driving too fast for conditions, and other charges are pending, Curry said.