COVINGTON — Multiple injuries were reported after a serious multi-vehicle accident involving a school bus on Monday morning.
A Newton County School System school bus carrying Alcovy High School students was involved in the accident on Ga. Highway 212 in front of Oak Hill Elementary School about 7:30 a.m. The Georgia State Patrol and the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident.
"A parent who had just dropped off a student at Oak Hill Elementary school apparently pulled out in front of the school bus," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at NCSS. "The school bus hit the vehicle and then went into the other lane and hit a second vehicle carrying another Oak Hill parent and a student."
A pickup truck then rear-ended a third vehicle, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
The driver of the vehicle that pulled out in front of the bus, a 22-year-old Covington woman, was ejected and transported to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment, according to GSP and NCSS. She has been charged with failing to yield while turning left.
Viniard said there were 34 Alcovy High School students on the bus, and three were transported to Newton Medical Center for treatment.
NMC confirmed that five individuals were transported to its facility in stable condition. The students and mother and child in the second hit vehicle were released as of Monday afternoon.
Due to damages the bus sustained during the accident, a second bus was dispatched to the scene to take the remaining high school students to Alcovy High. The damaged bus was taken to Georgia Truck and Trailer in Atlanta, according to Viniard.