There’s not much rhyme or reason to explain three school bus wrecks in as many days, officials said Friday following the latest incident.
“Considering the number of buses and routes run on a daily basis, school bus drivers do a commendable job to ensure students arrive safely, whether to school in the morning or home in the afternoon,” Hall County spokesman Gordon Higgins said.
Hall Superintendent Will Schofield noted all the system’s buses combined travel about 13,000 miles per day, which is comparable to the average driver’s total in a year. Data about the number of wrecks in recent years was unavailable Friday from Hall and Gainesville school officials.
A few school bus wrecks were reported in September and October, but none as close together as the recent string of wrecks.
The latest one happened Friday morning but did not involve any injuries.
A school bus carrying seven Mount Vernon Elementary School students was in a wreck at the intersection of Ga. 60 and Hopewell Church Road in North Hall County, according to Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins. The wreck involved bus No. 9729 and another vehicle.
A substitute bus came to the scene to continue the route, Higgins said.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating but did not have any information available Friday afternoon.
A minivan turned in front of a pickup truck, was hit and then crashed into the bus, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
The driver and a passenger in the van were injured in the incident Thursday afternoon near McEver Road and Vineyard Way.
The driver has been charged with failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign, according to state patrol.
The first of the string of wrecks happened Wednesday afternoon. A student and woman were injured
when a car rear-ended a Hall school bus stopped at Winder Highway and Union Place. The woman injured was the car’s driver. She was charged with following too closely, according to state patrol.
The bus, No. 9730, was carrying 33 Chestnut Mountain Creative School of Inquiry students.