Six buses carrying students collide on I-20

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia State Patrol report that six buses carrying Burke County Schools students have collided on Interstate 20 westbound just past Exit 97 at Ga. Highway 11. Approximately 42 students have been treated for minor injuries at area hospitals and one driver was airlifted with non-life-threatening injuries, according to NCSO spokesman Lt. Tyrone Oliver.

Oliver said GSP troopers are investigating the accident which appeared to be a chain reaction of rear-end collisions. All the buses were following each other and were apparently en route to Six Flags Over Georgia west of Atlanta.

More than 100 students were involved in the crash and those who were not injured have been transported to Eastside High School for shelter, food and water, Oliver said, adding that Newton County's Emergency Management Agency is assisting with logistics.

The crash occurred around 11 a.m. in the area where construction is being conducted along the interstate, but Oliver said the construction zone is clearly marked and it is unknown whether or not the construction was a contributing factor.


Covingtonian 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the news in a timely manner, it's appreciated.


HonestAbe 3 years, 6 months ago

Praying they are all ok. If Newton Emergency management is helping them they are in good hands. There is not a better professional in Newton County than is Trey Polk.


Bemused 3 years, 6 months ago

Great job Newton County EMA! I'm sure there were some very appreciative parents from Burke County that were glad you were there to watch over their children.


KimberlyD 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the good work NC emergency response.... Thanks to the moron drivers that caused me to sit in traffic for 40 minutes and made me 15 minutes late for work~I left at 25 minutes til and set on 142E for 20-30 minutes....Construction doesn't contribute to accidents....Uneducated, country bumpkin drivers that wanna go to the big city contribute to the accidents....It would've been nice if they would've had police directing traffic for the tax paying citizens that were trying to go to work. Sorry to sound cold, BUT many companies will write you up or send you home if you are late and poor drivers need to watch what they are doing....


John 3 years, 6 months ago

Accidents do, have & will happen when you least expect it - that's why they are called accidents. At this point you do not have enough information on what caused the accident so it is a bit premature to say the driver was at fault. Yes, accidents can cause significant traffic delays, I used to drive for a living (40 to 50K miles per year) & have been involved in many traffic slow downs - a few up to 2 hours. Unfortunately, there is not 100% solution to drivers with poor driving habits - but they will always be on the road. Yes, there are companies that will write employees up for being habitually late - but if one is normally on time & "once in a blue moon" they are late I really don't believe they would especially in this case as there is a printed news story to support being late.


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