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Car hits bus; 3 students, driver hurt

Students’ injuries not believed to be serious; Corvette driver to be charged

POSTED: April 20, 2013 12:45 a.m.

A Hall County school bus rests in the yard of a home along Thompson Bridge Road after colliding with a car Friday while on its route. The driver of the car was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Neither the bus driver nor any students were injured.

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The driver of a Corvette and three students were injured Friday when the car collided with a Hall County school bus on Thompson Bridge Road.

All four were transferred to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Their conditions were unknown Friday night.

Earlier, Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins said in a news release that there were no serious injuries suffered by students or the driver of the bus, Andrea Gilbert.

The Corvette driver, Randolph Marvin Eccles, 54, of Murrayville, was freed from the vehicle after the wreck.

Charges are pending against Eccles, the Georgia State Patrol reported.

The bus was transporting students home from North Hall Middle School and North Hall High School when the accident occurred, Higgins said.

Hall County emergency crews responded to the scene just before 4 p.m. Thompson Bridge Road was blocked for a time because of the accident. The wreck occurred at Wahoo Drive, and Thompson Bridge was closed between Price Road and Hopewell Church Road.

School officials also were at the scene and transferred students to another bus to take them home.

State Patrol officials said Eccles was traveling northbound on Ga. 60 around 4:55 p.m. and lost control of the car as he was attempting to pass another vehicle. The Corvette traveled into the southbound lane and struck the bus with the driver’s side rear quarter panel.

The bus left the road, struck a mailbox, a power pole guy wire and came to rest down an embankment.

Debris from the crash struck a northbound Honda in the driver’s side door panel.

Two 15-year-olds and one 11-year-old students were transported for treatment for their injuries, the State Patrol said.


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