Special Photo Three students from Veterans Memorial Middle School were transported to Newton Medical Center with minor injuries on Thursday morning after two school buses were involved in an accident at the intersection of Brown Bridge Road and Magnet Road. The Newton County School System doesn't yet have damage cost estimates for the buses.
COVINGTON -- Three students were transported to Newton Medical Center Thursday 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 were transporting students to Veterans Memorial Middle School, according to a press announcement sent out by NCSS at about 11 a.m. Thursday.
One bus was traveling eastbound on Brown Bridge Road while the other was headed northbound on Magnet Road when the accident occurred, according to Mike Barr, NCSS director of Support Services.
"The buses collided in the intersection," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at NCSS.
Capt. Paul Cosper of the Georgia State Patrol said the bus on Magnet Road was attempting to make a right turn and ran the stop sign. The front bumper of the bus then struck the right rear of the bus on Brown Bridge Road.
No other vehicles were involved.
Cosper said no citations are expected to be issued -- the officer requested that the school system handle the drivers. NCSS officials have not yet said if there will be disciplinary action taken against the driver who caused the accident.
Although neither bus driver was injured in the accident, both have been required to submit to drug and alcohol tests, per school system policy. 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 announcement.
"The accident investigation is still ongoing," Barr said. "I will be able to provide more details once it's concluded."
Of the 58 students aboard the two buses, three complained of minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Newton Medical Center.
"It really wasn't a terribly bad wreck," Cosper said. "There was some bad injuries, but nothing life threatening."
One student was released from the hospital at about 11:15 a.m. Thursday, and two other students remained in the minor care unit longer 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, and James Peek, principal of Veterans Memorial Middle School, responded to the scene and then notified parents of the accident via a School Messenger automated phone call.
Carpenter said there was significant damage to each school bus, but he did not yet have the damage cost estimates. Both buses no longer are mobile, he said.