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Posted: January 23, 2013 11:14 a.m.

School bus crash sends 40 to hospital

UPDATE: According to Newton Medical spokeswoman Linda Moseley, all those that were taken to NMC have been released.

A total of 42 people, including 40 students and two bus drivers, were at least slightly injured in a crash involving two Newton County school buses on Ga. Highway 162 near Rocky Plains Elementary School around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Law enforcement and hospital officials said injuries appeared to be minor; 34 students and one bus driver were transported to Newton Medical Center, while six students and a bus driver were taken to Rockdale Medical Center, according to a Georgia State Patrol spokesperson.

Rockdale Medical spokeswoman Kerri Glover said around 5:20 p.m. that her hospital only received six people and that all of them had been cleared and sent home by that time. Newton Medical spokeswoman Linda Moseley said around 5:40 p.m. that six patients had been released from the hospital and more were preparing to leave. No more updates were provided Tuesday evening.

Georgia State Patrol's initial report is that the crash occurred when a school bus was stopping to unload passengers on Ga. Highway 162, around Oaks Landing Drive, when it was hit in the rear by a second bus.

The Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the state's public safety division will be conducting vehicle inspections on the buses tomorrow as part of the process to determine the cause of the accident, according to a GSP spokesperson.

The two buses involved in the crash were those covering bus routes 106 and 142. The students who were not injured were transported back to Rocky Plains Elementary School, where parents were either able to pick them up or they were transported home on a different bus, according to school system spokeswoman Sherri Davis-Viniard.

The school system worked to notify parents of students who had been transported to the hospital for treatment.
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