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Posted: January 24, 2013 10:34 p.m.

Bus driver could face charges in crash

Charges are pending against the driver of the school bus that was found at fault for the Tuesday crash that sent at least 40 people to local hospitals.

The driver of the bus that struck another bus that had stopped to drop off a student has been identified as 55-year-old Gloria Inscore, according to the Georgia State Patrol. She was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. The other driver was identified as 46-year-old Rhonda Wilson.

Inscore is currently on medical leave and disciplinary action is pending against her, according to a press release from Sherri Davis-Viniard, Newton County School System Director of Public Relations.

“The Newton County School System will continue to fully cooperate with Georgia State Patrol and other investigating agencies,” Davis-Viniard said in the statement.

GSP and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety have ruled no mechanical defects in the bus that failed to stop after a comprehensive mechanical inspection.

“The inspection revealed no mechanical defects. The mechanical inspection and the braking (skid) marks left by the bus on the roadway at the collision site eliminate the failure of the braking system or other mechanical defect as the cause of the collision,” said the school system’s statement. “All school buses are inspected annually by the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety and inspected every 20 days by school system mechanics. Additionally, drivers are required to perform pre-trip inspections prior to transporting students.”

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