NCSS: Bus had no mechanical defects; disciplinary action, charges pending

COVINGTON — The Newton County School System announced Thursday that a bus involved in a traffic accident earlier this week that sent more than 40 students and staff to the hospital had no mechanical defects. The driver of the bus also faces disciplinary action and charges from the Georgia State Patrol.

On Tuesday after school, one school bus ran into the back end of another bus that was stopped to unload passengers on Ga. Highway 162 near Rocky Plains Elementary School.

Forty elementary school students, all with minor injuries, and a bus driver were taken to Newton Medical Center and Rockdale Medical Center as a result of the accident; the driver of the bus that struck the stopped bus was taken to Atlanta Medical Center.

“Officers from the Georgia State Patrol and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety have completed a comprehensive mechanical inspection of the school bus that failed to stop,” said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations for NCSS in a media release Thursday afternoon.

She said that the inspection revealed no mechanical defects.

“The mechanical inspection and the braking (skid) marks left by the bus on the roadway at the collision site eliminate the failure of the braking system or other mechanical defect as the cause of the collision,” she said.

“All school buses are inspected annually by the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety and inspected every 20 days by school system mechanics,” she added. “Additionally, drivers are required to perform pre-trip inspections prior to transporting students.”

Viniard said that the driver of the school bus that collided with the stopped school bus is currently on medical leave and that disciplinary action is pending.

“The school system will continue to fully cooperate with the Georgia State Patrol and other investigating agencies,” Viniard said.

GSP also said Thursday that charges from GSP are pending the completion of the trooper’s investigation.


gobraves 2 years, 10 months ago

Disciplinary action? Oh that's right this is probably a union worker...you cant fire a union worker. How do you run into a big yellow bus? I think someone needs to be fired!


phone 2 years, 10 months ago

Gobraves, how do you know this driver is not getting fired? Disciplinary action can also mean " getting fired." That term is not just limited to being written up.


John 2 years, 10 months ago

Bus drivers & teachers are non union workers in NC. In many ways they seem to be as they are government employees.


deathtotaxes 2 years, 10 months ago

"charges from GSP are pending the completion of the troooper's investigation" I had an accident a few years back and was charged with following to close. I was ticketed on the spot!


John 2 years, 10 months ago

The article also says the driver was hurt & on medical leave (the driver was transfered to the Atlanta Medical Center after first going to Newton Medical - kinda' serious injury me thinks - so this "maybe" a reason the driver wasn't given a citation on the spot. Per this article school bus drivers are required to check out buses before they pick up students it is very conceivable that a "full investigation" is required before any disciplinary action and citations wiil be issued - there are a lot of ambulance chasing lawyers (a.k.a. bottom feeding sharks) out there don't you know.


eyewitness 2 years, 10 months ago

Citizen please let us know the progress on this. We cannot trust the covington news to tell the real story as in today's article they say the "buses look horrible" - what true journalist injects subjective things like that into a news story. Keep us posted please.


TheUpside 2 years, 10 months ago

I say sue the system if your kid is hurt. If LaQuanda Carpenter can run around filing dumb lawsuits and then split town why not? File suit and take care of your kids since NCSS won't do it.


Thishonky 2 years, 10 months ago

I agree. They allowed her to launch a baseless suit so it may be karma time for NCSS. The circle of life coming around.


Beautifulblueeyes 2 years, 10 months ago

It seems to me the PR person does a better job then Mr Carpenter she should do his job. That's my vote. ....................

You can't listen to the Covington news the are bad news.


jwm1955 2 years, 10 months ago

If a bus driver runs into a big yellow bus there is a problem, whoever it is should be fired or resigned to a different job maybe cleaning out and washing them big yellow buses. I'm sure the G S P will get the investigation done right, and charges made on the person that done wrong.


Lucy30016 2 years, 10 months ago

I typically disagree with lawsuits but LaQuanda Brown Carpenter and her frivolous suit make me feel the same way-every family with a hurt child should go after the system's insurance policy and file suit so let the lawyers chase I say. If Carpenter can embroil the system in lawsuits and drop it when Jeff Foster comes digging then let those with a real lawsuit go after the system.


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