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Official says bus driver at fault in wreck

POSTED: May 10, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Two elementary school students were treated for minor injuries Monday evening after their school bus driver caused a wreck on Atlanta Highway, officials said.

Hall County School bus 9827 was carrying 28 students from Martin Elementary at about 3 p.m. Monday when it struck a vehicle that had stopped in front of the bus on Atlanta Highway, according to Gordon Higgins, director of community relations for Hall County Schools.

Two of its passengers, third-grader Natali Sanchez and fifth-grader Amanda Hudson, were taken by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where they were treated and released for minor injuries Monday evening. Their principal, Tamara Seymour, rode with the girls in the ambulance "to make sure the students were with someone familiar," Higgins said.

Higgins said neither child suffered any broken bones, but did have some soreness and bruising.

"They’re both going to be fine," Higgins said.

The uninjured students were moved to another bus and continued on their regular route home, Higgins said.

After the accident, about 10 faculty members at Martin Elementary called the parents of the children on the bus, letting them know what happened and that their children would be home later than normal, Higgins said.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident, but Higgins said the driver of the bus, Dawn Jabloner, will be charged with following too closely. However, state patrol officials were unavailable for comment Monday.

Higgins said he did not know if the accident was "necessary grounds for further
action" by school authorities.



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