0

Car collides with Henry school bus

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Henry County Police, on Monday, were investigating a collision involving a car and a school bus carrying students to Ola Middle and Ola High schools.

The crash occurred at approximately 7:40 a.m., on Ga. Highway 81 East near Sandy Ridge Road, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton.

"A Pontiac Grand Prix sideswiped a Henry County school bus," Bolton said. "The bus had just picked up two children along Highway 81, and was starting to accelerate when the collision occurred. The bus was headed westbound, and the Grand Prix was headed eastbound."

The driver of the Grand Prix, a 62-year-old man, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment, Bolton said. "There were approximately 16 children on the school bus when the accident occurred," he added. "No one on the bus was injured."

Police did not release the man's name, and the crash on Monday was "still under investigation," Bolton said.

Connie Rutherford, the community development coordinator for Henry County Schools, said the bus involved in the crash, bus No. 27-5, was transporting students to the Ola area schools. Another bus, according to Rutherford, arrived at the scene of the crash to take the students to school.

"Subsequently, other buses contributed to completing the rest of 27-5's route," Rutherford said. "We are very thankful no student injuries were reported and hope the very best for the driver of the car."

She credited Henry County Schools' Transportation Services employees for their actions during and after the crash.

"[They] did an excellent job, from the bus driver quickly responding with safety maneuvers when she saw the car crossing the center line, to central office staff promptly arriving on the scene of the accident and adjusting routes to allow minimal disruption to students being transported," Rutherford added. "As always, we are also very grateful to the Henry County Police Department and all their efforts to keep our students and employees safe."