Update 5:14 p.m.: The Georgia State Patrol is now reporting that there were a total of 42 injuries from the crash involving two school buses this afternoon. According to officials, 34 students and a bus driver were taken to Newton Medical Center and six students and a bus driver were taken to Rockdale Medical Center. Officials continue to say that appear to be no serious injuries.
Rockdale Medical spokeswoman Kerri Glover said all six people taken to Rockdale Medical were cleared and sent home.
Update, 3:36 p.m.: More than 30 Rocky Plains Elementary School students have been transported to Newton Medical Center with minor injuries following a crash involving two school buses. All of the students were transported to the hospital by school bus except for one student and one driver who were transported to the hospital via ambulance, according to school spokeswoman Sherri Davis-Viniard.
A Georgia State Patrol spokesperson said no injuries were believed to be serious.
The two buses involved were Bus Route 142 and Bus Route 106.
The students who were not injured have been transported back to Rocky Plains Elementary; parents may pick those children up from the school or they will be transported home on a different school bus.
Davis-Viniard said Rocky Plains Elementary is in the process of notifying parents of those students transported to the hospital for treatment.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, the initial indication is that the first bus was stopping to unload passengers on Ga. Highway 162 when it was hit in the rear by the second bus. The injury took place in front of 4687 Ga. Highway 162.
Original story: Two school buses have crashed near Rocky Plains Elementary School on Ga. Highway 162, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Deputy Cortney Morrison said minor injuries are being reported, but she had no more details at this point.
Georgia State Patrol just arrived on scene around 2:56 p.m., according to a spokesperson, while Sherri Davis-Viniard, public relations director for the Newton County School System, said a school official was en route to the school.
The Covington-Newton County 911 Center is reporting that Ga. Highway 162 northbound is blocked at that area.