Morning storm drenches region; school bus in accident

Thursday, April 2, 2009 8:49 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 12:03 AM
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Marks Church Road was closed briefly this morning because of heavy rains. Crews reopened the road at 10:25 a.m., according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Earlier this morning, crews were clearing the scene of a crash involving a Richmond County school bus.

At 7:18 a.m. a Chevrolet Impala crashed into the back of the bus at Richmond Hill and Bungalow roads, said Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Gay. The bus was headed to T.W. Josey High School.

Ambulances were called to the scene, and two students were examined for back problems but did not require medical treatment.

Other crashes held up traffic throughout the Augusta area this morning.

Two cars collided at the intersection of William Few Parkway and Washington Road in Evans about 7:30 a.m., a Columbia County 911 dispatcher said. Another two-car crash at the intersection of Old Petersburg and Old Evans Road in Martinez held up traffic from about 7:40 this morning until about 8:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for the city of Augusta; Aiken County, specifying North Augusta, Belvedere and Clearwater; and Columbia County.

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/02/09 - 08:57 am
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They report on an accident in

They report on an accident in Evans and Martinez but fail to report a multi-car accident on Bobby Jones Expressway near Deans Bridge this morning.

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LWEST 04/02/09 - 09:02 am
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The accident on the bridge at

The accident on the bridge at Bobby Jones and Deans Bridge cause a big back up.

g-dog express
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g-dog express 04/02/09 - 09:09 am
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Who is surprised? Folks when

Who is surprised? Folks when the roads are wet you should slow down and be a lot more cautious when you drive. You should be a little more giving in traffic situations. Some people just don't get it. When hazzard lights are on it means you should slow down until you understand what the situation might be. Better to be safe than to cause or be in a wreck. While on that subject the same applies even more to drivers around school busses. Good grief there are children on that bus. If yellow lights are blinking; slow down. So many people speed up so they don't get caught waiting while children get off. When the red lights come on and the stop sign comes out; STOP, no exceptions. Some say bus drivers do it on purpose. Well, if you had slowed down when the yellow light were blinking you would not have fun the red lights and stop sign. Duh!!!!!! And if you are not sure what to do; slow down and stop if necessary. It's about the children not your schedule.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 04/02/09 - 09:10 am
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Those two students

Those two students complaining of back problems should call Ken Nugent! One call, that's all!

Don KING
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Don KING 04/02/09 - 09:12 am
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Its George Bush's fault! He

Its George Bush's fault! He created this global warming which has caused this heavy rain..

horsegirl
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horsegirl 04/02/09 - 09:18 am
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Its not George Bush's fault

Its not George Bush's fault you idiot! Its the whole damn world! Go back to school and learn someting.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 04/02/09 - 09:20 am
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G-dog express: Just take a

G-dog express: Just take a deep breath and turn off your computer. These things happen. I was stopped at a traffic light at the entrance to an elementary school on Windsor Spring Road one day, and yes it was raining, and heard the sound of a vehicle skidding on the pavement. I looked in my rear view mirror in time to see a vehicle sliding into my vehicle, so I did the only thing I could do being at the entrance to a school. I applied my brakes to avoid being pushed into the school's line of traffic, the impact was a little harder than I would have liked, but luckily no one was injured. The woman who hit me was a very nice woman, and said she hit a slick spot the minute she applied the brakes and just kept sliding.The rain was a factor, but negligence was not.

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chey 04/02/09 - 09:24 am
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on my way to work this

on my way to work this morning, there was a truck tailgating me as it was pouring rain. So I agree with gdog express, people do NOT know how to drive in the rain and do NOT take precautions.
Themaninthemirror, if the woman was skidding, then she was obviously going to fast for conditions. If you were stopped at a stop light and she started slowing down in time, there would have been little to no skidding. You skid, when you go to fast. And the impact would not have been that hard had she "just hit a slick spot".

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Little Lamb 04/02/09 - 09:30 am
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First time I've ever heard a

First time I've ever heard a fender bender called a "two-car pile-up"!

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Little Lamb 04/02/09 - 09:33 am
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Hmmmm. The DOT road project

Hmmmm. The DOT road project at Marks Church Road must not have been planned too well. All that new pavement will likely send ten times as much water down Marks Church Rd. everytime it rains. I pity those homeowners at the bottom of the hill near the creek. A lot of silt has washed from the road construction site and has clogged up culverts the creek tries to run through.

g-dog express
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g-dog express 04/02/09 - 10:35 am
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accidents happen; stupidity

accidents happen; stupidity happens even more! Man in mirror why don't you chill and realize people need to consider human life as being valuable and slow down. Schedules and selfish wants are never more valuable than human life.

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merlin 04/02/09 - 10:56 am
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I had an idiot squeeze

I had an idiot squeeze between me and the car in front of me to get on the interstate. There was no one behind me, why not slow down and put your blinker on then get behind me??? No, too easy, they thought they might get somewhere a little faster. Then when we got on the interstate I went straight to the fast lane because no one was coming and they jumped over in front of me again and almost clipped the front of my car. On down near my exit we were both in the left lane so I got in the right lane so I could exit and they jumped back in front of me again. Needless to say I was mad but I didn't want to wreck with the wet, slick roads so I didn't push the issue. All I can say is I sure wish it was dry road. And they got the finger. :-D

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paulwheeler 04/02/09 - 02:23 pm
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From the information (lack

From the information (lack of) in this report, you are left to ASSUME that Marks Church was closed because of water standing on the road, caused by the heavy rain.

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curly123053 04/02/09 - 05:25 pm
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For your information rain

For your information rain does not cause accidents. Accidents on wet roads are caused by idiots who refuse to drive according to the conditions of the road. The secondary cause of an accident in inclement weather is the weather, and the primary cause of the accident is the driver who was either inexperienced or who refused to slow down and pay attention to the traffic and road in front of him/her. During my 22yrs in EMS I got tired of hearing folks blaming their poor driving on the weather.

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Waymore 04/02/09 - 06:06 pm
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Unless there is some sort of

Unless there is some sort of mechanical failure, wrecks are always caused by negligence...

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 04/02/09 - 07:45 pm
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I think the obvious point

I think the obvious point being made here is that those people who need to exercise caution are the same ones who will not be reading this.

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