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School bus crashes into utility pole

Live power lines surrounded the bus, trapping the driver inside for over an hour. Live power lines surrounded the bus, trapping the driver inside for over an hour.
Crews work to restore power at bus wreck site. Crews work to restore power at bus wreck site.
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Nease Road is back open after a wreck Tuesday morning involving a school bus that closed the road for more than three hours.

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office said the driver of the bus lost control, ran off the road and hit a utility pole. The pole snapped and brought down live power lines with it. 

Those live power lines then caused a brush fire, which threatened a few of the homes around the crash area. Crews got the fire under control first and then started working on cutting power to the downed lines.

The bus driver was actually stuck in the bus for more than an hour because the bus was surrounded by live wires.

"We had two main priorities. One, was the safety of the bus driver - we had to get her out safely, and No. 2 was to make sure one of these houses or cars were not going to burn down. The end result is she is OK. It took a couple of hours to get her out, and the fire department did a good job getting the fire out quickly," said David Ehsanipoor, spokesman for the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

No students were on the bus at the time of the crash. Residents near the crash area are without power. Crews have been working for hours and continue to work to clean up the mess.

Nearby residents told WTOC that this is one of the strangest things they have ever seen.

"I was in the bed asleep and all I heard was 'bam' and I come running out and see smoke and fire and I was like, 'What is going on?' and then I saw the bus - crazy," said Ladonna Purvis, who lives nearby where the bus crashed.

The driver of the bus was taken to the hospital. Her injuries did not appear to be that serious, but the sheriff's office said they believe that she may have a medical condition that caused the wreck.

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