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Students involved in school bus accident

By Greg Gelpi

A Dodge Stratus that collided with a Clayton County school bus was speeding, police say.

Bus No. 597 was carrying 29 Morrow High School students when the accident occurred at the intersection of Stagecoach and Still roads Tuesday afternoon, school spokesman Charles White said.

The accident occurred around 3:47 p.m., Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said. The driver of the bus, 52-year-old Betty Arnold of Griffin, was turning left onto Still when the Stratus, driven by 36-year-old Edward Cook of Ellenwood, hit the bus.

"The Stratus was going at a high rate of speed," Turner said.

Turner said the accident is still under investigation.

There were 12 students transported to Southern Regional Medical Center with complaints of injuries, Turner said.

Although the bus driver wasn't at fault, the driver was tested for alcohol and drug use as part of standard procedure, White said.

The school system alerted parents immediately after the accident, White said.