School Bus Overturns in Georgia - Many Students Hurt

Posted on Mar 03, 2008

Authorities say 11 students were taken to metro Atlanta hospitals with injuries after a school bus carrying 27 students overturned in Cherokee County.

Bus Number 427 was on its way to Sequoya High School and Dean Rusk Middle School in Canton, about 40 miles north of Atlanta, when it went off Georgia 140 near Canton and overturned just after 8 am. A 911 center supervisor earlier said 30 students were on the bus.

One student was taken to Atlanta Medical Center by helicopter because the student had lost consciousness after the accident.

Authorities had earlier said the student was in critical condition. But Cherokee County Fire Department spokesman Tim Cavender says officials later upgraded the student's injuries to non life threatening.

Cavender says 10 students were taken to North Fulton Regional Hospital for neck and back injuries. He says the bus driver and 15 students were taken to Northside Cherokee Hospital to be evaluated before being released to their parents. One student did not go to a hospital.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. But sheriff's department spokesman Sergeant Jay Baker says a preliminary analysis indicates the bus went off the road after the driver tried to overcorrect when the right side of the bus went off the pavement.

The bus driver apparently lost control of the bus, which rested on its side on the side of the road. No students were ejected from the bus during the accident.