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School bus bound for newspaper tour hits building
No students injured in low-speed crash
A Gainesville High School bus sits parked after a low-speed crash into The Times building on Friday, March 16. No students were injured in the crash. The damage to the bus can be seen above the "school bus" wording. - photo by Nick Bowman

A Gainesville High School bus crashed into the The Times building Friday morning while carrying students set to go on a tour of the newspaper.

No students were injured in the low-speed strike. The bus was pulling in from Green Street and while pulling up to the building to park struck a concrete beam that is part of the building’s roof.

“Everybody is OK. They’re fine,” said Jerry Castelberry, head of transportation for the Gainesville City School System.

A second bus arrived at The Times to take the students back to school, but not before the students were given their tour of the building. Amanda Cameron, community engagement coordinator for The Times, said the dozen students asked great questions on the tour -- and she noted that none of them mentioned the crash during the walkthrough at the paper. Cameron found out only after the tour concluded.

The Gainesville Fire Department and Georgia State Patrol responded to the incident.

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