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Atlanta Bus Crash by Hit-and-Run Driver Sends Students to Hospital


Posted on Feb 06, 2013

A crash in northwest Atlanta involving a school bus took place on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. According to officials, the Atlanta bus accident occurred around 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon on Hightower Road and St. Joseph Avenue.

The Atlanta Public Schools bus was carrying 29 students at the time of the crash and, according to Atlanta schools, the students were from Douglass High School. Atlanta Police Officer John Chafee told Channel 2Action News that a white pickup truck with a silver toolbox sideswiped the school bus and then left the scene. Police caught up to the hit-and-run driver who ended up being an 18-year-old man.

Although no serious injuries have been reported, several high school students complained of injuries following the crash including:

  • Leg pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain

Because there were many children involved in this Atlanta traffic accident and complaints of minor injuries, the school bus transported all of the students to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding to be evaluated for possible injuries. According to Stephen Alford, spokesman for Atlanta schools, shortly after the crash, the school called the parents of those children to reunite the students and their parents at the hospital.  

According to police, there was no major damage done to the bus, and it is expected that all student’s injuries will be minor. No one has been charged as of yet, and no further details have been released.

The Law Offices of Shane Smith wishes all those injured in this crash a full and fast recovery.

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