Two Newton County School System school buses were involved in a collision at the intersection of Brown Bridge Road and Magnet Road at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 15. The two buses (Bus 20-86, Veterans Route 6 and Bus 20-69, Veterans Route 7) were transporting students to Veterans Memorial Middle School.
According to Mr. Mike Barr, NCSS Director of Support Services, one bus was traveling eastbound on Brown Bridge Road while the other was headed northbound on Magnet Road when the accident occurred. No other vehicles were involved.
Of the fifty-eight students on the buses, three complained of minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Newton Medical Center. Two buses were dispatched to the scene to transport the remaining students to school. Mr. James Peek, principal of Veterans Memorial Middle School, responded to the scene and notified parents of the accident via School Messenger.
Dr. Dennis Carpenter, Deputy Superintendent for Newton County Schools said there was significant damage to each school bus. Although neither bus driver was hurt, per school system policy, both have been required to submit to drug and alcohol tests. Each of the drivers involved have been employed with the district for several years and have no prior accidents on their records.
Georgia State Patrol was called to the scene and is investigating the accident. No further information is available at this time.