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Two school buses involved in accident

Three transported to hospital

Three students were transported to Newton Medical Center this morning after two school buses were involved in an accident.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Brown Bridge Road and Magnet Road, two buses from the Newton County School System (Bus 20-86, Veterans Route 6, and Bus 20-69, Veterans Route 7) were transporting students to Veterans Memorial Middle School, according to a press release sent out by NCSS at about 11 a.m. today.

According to Mike Barr, NCSS director of Support Services, one bus was traveling eastbound on Brown Bridge Road while the other was headed northbound on Magnet Road when the accident occurred, but NCSS did not release any details about how the accident occurred.

"The buses collided in the intersection," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at NCSS.

No other vehicles were involved.

Of the 58 students on the buses, three complained of minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Newton Medical Center.

One student was released about 11:15 a.m. today, and as of about noon, the other two were still in the minor care unit with their parents awaiting X-ray results, according to NCSS Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter.

Two buses were dispatched to the scene to transport the remaining students to school.

James Peek, principal of Veterans Memorial Middle School, responded to the scene and notified parents of the accident via School Messenger.

Carpenter said there was significant damage to each school bus, but he did not yet have the damage cost estimates. Neither buses are mobile, he said.

Although neither bus driver was hurt, per school system policy, both have been required to submit to drug and alcohol tests. Each of the drivers involved have been employed with the district for several years and have no prior accidents on their records, according to the press release.

Georgia State Patrol was called to the scene and is investigating the accident.

"It really wasn't a terribly bad wreck," said Capt. Paul Cosper of the GSP. "There was some bad injuries, but nothing life threatening."

Check www.newtoncitizen.com for updates.