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No one seriously injured in school bus wreck

POSTED: January 3, 2013 11:59 p.m.

No one was seriously injured Thursday afternoon after a wreck between a tractor-trailer and a school bus, officials said.

The accident occurred at about 3 p.m. near the intersection of Athens Highway and Barrett Road, according to Gordon Higgins, spokesman for Hall County Schools.

Higgins said a bus carrying 20 students from Myers Elementary School was rear-ended by a tractor-trailor hauling heavy machinery. There was substantial visible damage to the back of the bus, he said.

Two students complained of “minor injuries,” Higgins said, but were not initially transported to the hospital. Their parents, he said, arrived on the scene to determine how to handle their children’s complaints.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, which handled the investigation, the school bus was making a left turn from Athens Highway onto a private drive when it was struck. The two students were not transported to the hospital.

The bus driver, Bertha Hutson, did suffer a shoulder injury and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

The rest of the children were put on another bus and were taken home.

Hutson, Higgins said, did a “really terrific job of settling the kids down” after the wreck despite her condition.


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