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Are Georgia School Bus Accidents on the Rise?


Posted on Feb 24, 2013

We previously reported on a school bus accident in Covington that occurred on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, and sent over 50 people to the hospital with injuries. Since then, there have been more school bus accidents in Georgia.

Ten days later on February 1, 2013, a school bus accident in Atlanta took place in an Atlanta Midtown neighborhood. This crash involved a car and a school bus at the intersection of 14th Street and State Street around 4:30 p.m. Friday. Police are still investigating the cause of this crash, but no one reported any injuries in this Atlanta school bus accident.

Several days later, on February 7, 2013, another school bus-related accident happened; however, this time a fatality occurred. Authorities indicated that a school bus stopped on Georgia Highway 119 near the intersection of Sims Road for a child to get off the bus. It was approximately 4:00 p.m. After the five-year-old child stepped off the school bus, he was hit by a truck.

According to Georgia State Patrol, the child exited the bus and crossed over into northbound lanes when he was hit by a red Ford pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old.

The injured child was rushed to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah for treatment of serious head trauma, but he later died at 5:19 the next morning. Bryan County coroner Bill Cox identified the five-year-old as Keshawn Odum.

The teen driver told police that it was raining very hard and didn’t see the school bus’s flashing lights. Investigators have determined that the driver of the truck failed to stop and the Specialized Collision Reconstruction unit out of Reidsville has taken over the investigation. Charges are pending based on the investigation.

The Law Offices of Shane Smith extends our most sincere condolences to the family who lost their little boy in this bus crash, and wishes the children involved in other Georgia school bus accidents full and fast recoveries.

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Shane Smith
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