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Six students evaluated at hospital after school bus crash; GSP updates info

Six Lamar County Middle School students were taken to Upson Regional Medical Center for evaluation after a school bus crash early Monday morning on Veterans Parkway. A fight among students on the bus led to the crash. ******************** NOTICE: This story and photo(s) are under copyright. They may not be republished or disseminated in any form or format – including social media – without explicit permission. ********************* The bus was southbound on the four-lane and ended up in the ditch near Dr. Joel Fuller’s dental office. Additional buses were dispatched to pick-up uninjured students. Police lined them up to make statements. BPD officers reported the driver was trying to break up a fight between students on the bus at the time of the crash. LC school superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson released the following statement at the request of The Herald Gazette: ”A Lamar County School bus carrying students 6-12 was involved in an accident this morning on HWY 41 North. Six students (all MS) are being evaluated in Thomaston for what appear to be minor injuries. Parents of the six students have been contacted, currently contacting all others. No other vehicles were involved.” In a preliminary report, the Georgia State Patrol public information office wrote: GSP worked a bus crash in Lamar Co. this morning. Two students began fighting on the bus so the bus driver pulled over to break up the fight, but failed to put the bus into park. The bus rolled off the roadway and struck a ditch at a very low speed. Forty-one students were on board with six complaining of injuries and were taken to Upson Regional for observation. The crash happened on GA 7 at Grove St.

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