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Children OK after day-care bus wreck

Monday, Aug 19, 2013 6:17 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 5:18 AM
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Several Columbia County children escaped serious injury when a day care bus they were riding in flipped over Monday afternoon.

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Firefighter Brian Herrington helps Caitlin Peebles, 6, after the day care bus on which she was riding overturned on Hardy McManus Road. There were no serious injuries to the nine passengers or the driver of the bus.   JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Firefighter Brian Herrington helps Caitlin Peebles, 6, after the day care bus on which she was riding overturned on Hardy McManus Road. There were no serious injuries to the nine passengers or the driver of the bus.

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.

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triscuit
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triscuit 08/19/13 - 07:48 pm
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A 20 year old driver?

A 20 year old driver?

redapples
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redapples 08/19/13 - 08:47 pm
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I am surprised at the age of

I am surprised at the age of the driver of the daycare bus when you have to be older than that to rent a vehicle from many rental agencies!

RedQuinoa
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RedQuinoa 08/19/13 - 10:09 pm
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Thank God everyone's ok

I came upon the wreck today, just a few minutes after it happened (EMTs and CCSO were there, as a fire station is less than a mile from the site) and it's clear that this was a close call... While any wreck such as this is bad, especially when it involves kids, it's a very, very fortunate thing that the bus didn't tumble down that steep embankment. The bus was resting right on the precipice.

Many prayers of thanks being offered this evening.

Graymare
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Graymare 08/20/13 - 06:47 am
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Glad everyone is ok.

The driver was way too young for all that responsibility. The other day, I saw a private school bus driver talking on a cellphone and driving a bit too fast.

my.voice
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my.voice 08/20/13 - 08:34 am
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Seems to me that the

Seems to me that the youngster was distracted, left the road, over-corrected, and gravity took over. A short wheel base bus is not very forgiving.

I bet there are some upset parents! Do not put my child in the hands of a 20 year old driver!

abowman04
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abowman04 08/20/13 - 09:11 am
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Insanity

Wow this is crazy, I am amazed at the age of the driver, most rental car agencies will not even allow someone under the age of 21 a rent a vechicle and then you have to be 25 in order to rent an SUV. How are you speeding in a daycare bus???!!!!! He had to be distracted on a cell phone or something. I am pretty sure that the daycare could have found a more qualified driver than a 20 year old. Guess this daycare is going to have to find some more clients, because if they are this careless about hiring a driver imagine the actual daycare.

wgcopeland
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wgcopeland 08/20/13 - 09:23 am
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Vehicle Capacity

If the bus is equipped to carry more than 15 pass.,then it is considered a commercial vehicle and age requirement is 21 yoa,..but I'm sure Columbia County knows that.

allhans
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allhans 08/20/13 - 01:07 pm
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The article does say "other

The article does say "other charges pending". Who knows what might turn up.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/20/13 - 10:05 am
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Doesn't This Raise A Question -

“He remembers he couldn’t steer it,”

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/20/13 - 10:26 am
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Personally, I feel if you are

Personally, I feel if you are 18 you should have full legal rights the same as older people.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/20/13 - 10:41 am
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Personally, I believe if you are 18,

you still should be considered a minor. I suspect the only reason the age of majority was revised downward from 21 was so that the federales didn't feel so guilty drafting minors to fight and often die in Vietnam when they weren't even allowed to vote.

Very, very few are anything like mature or adult enough in their ability to understand and accept even young adult responsibilities at age 18, and that is true far more today than it was back in 1970.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/20/13 - 10:57 am
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You Are Right Fiat_Lux

Old enough to Die - young enough not to live.

augrichgal
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augrichgal 08/20/13 - 01:45 pm
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What was that company

What was that company thinking having a 20 year old driving a bus with elementary age children? I wonder if he drove younger ones on occasion? Children alone can be distractions, he was placed in a bad situation by people that knew better. Thank goodness there was not any serious injuries, but I am sure it terrifeid all involved.

LocalGirl
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LocalGirl 08/20/13 - 02:36 pm
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Abowman04

Nowhere in the article does it say the driver was speeding or on a cell phone.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/20/13 - 02:42 pm
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LocalGirl

What would this indicate?

"Brown was cited for driving too fast for conditions,"

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 08/20/13 - 03:14 pm
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Driving fast for conditions

For the sake of argument, if the roads were wet, and the speed limit is 45 and he was going 50, then that's too fast for conditions. 45 may have been too fast for conditions. Sometimes I see people going 70 on the highway in a blinding rain storm - just because it's the speed limit, it doesn't mean it's prudent to go that fast.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 08/20/13 - 03:31 pm
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Age

I was taken aback by the age of the driver at first too, but then I know some older drivers that are worse than any 20 year old out there.

Unfortunately, the statistics show that drivers under 25 get into more accidents, so perhaps day cares, etc. who have transportation should have a minimum age requirement. I'd think it would impact their insurance not to mention give parents some peace of mind. I wonder how many parents actually look into who's driving their children in situations like this. I'd wager not a one. Trust, but verify!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 08/20/13 - 03:26 pm
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Many are commenting on the

Many are commenting on the age of the bus driver. Here is a famous bus driver, in the same age range. No one would dare say that Otto is dangerous.
http://youtu.be/ZyraH15WoZk

JENNPAT
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JENNPAT 08/20/13 - 07:53 pm
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thank God

these children are ok i think the driver is to young to drive a school bus i don't know what his problem was that he lost control of the bus but i think they need to look in to this more.with all the rain the roads have been bad and even 45 is to fast if it is raining hard and it is hard to see when it"s like that so thank God he was watching over these children and the bus driver i hope this school will do something about letting young people drive a school bus i want to know if this was a columbia count school bus?

LadyJay3
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LadyJay3 08/23/13 - 07:36 pm
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Just ridiculous.

I am a parent of one of the students on that bus. I came upon the accident minutes after it happened. The way the school is handling this is ridiculous. I am livid. So far I have heard four different stories about how the accident happened.

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