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School bus driver cited after crash that sent 7 to hospital
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Update: One student suffered a broken leg and was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta following a bus wreck Friday, April 16, Hall County Schools spokesman Stan Lewis said.

Seven people were originally transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, and Lewis said Monday, April 19, that all have been discharged.

The bus was totaled in the crash, Lewis said.

Georgia State Patrol Cpl. J.G. Tucker said bus driver Cheryl Winterrowd, 63, of Braselton, was heading westbound on Poplar Springs Road.

A car was stopped in the road trying to turn left onto Sloan Mill Road, and Winterrowd was allegedly following too closely, Tucker said.

Tucker said the bus driver swerved to the right to avoid a crash, striking a mailbox and tree off the right shoulder of the roadway.

Winterrowd was cited for failure to maintain lane and was given a warning for following too closely, according to state patrol.


Six students from World Language Academy Elementary and the bus driver were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville after a wreck, according to school officials.

Hall County Schools spokesman Stan Lewis said the incident happened around 3 p.m. Friday, April 16, on Poplar Springs at Sloan Mill Road.

Lewis said the bus apparently hit a tree, though they do not know what caused the incident.

Lewis said all of the students and the driver were transported with “non-critical, non-life-threatening injuries.” He and Hall County Fire Services Division Chief Zach Brackett did not have further details on the severity of the injuries.

“Parents were contacted by the principal and her team,” Lewis said. “Parents will be meeting the principal at the hospital.”

After 6 p.m. Friday, Lewis said four of the six children had been released.

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