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10/01/04

Parent Speaks on Latest Bus Accident

If your kids ride the bus to school, it's been a rough week, with two different accidents. The latest happened just before 5pm yesterday afternoon on LaRoche Avenue just south of DeRenne. A truck dropped a four-foot section of tree trunk in the road. The school bus, with kids on board, couldn't stop in time.

The bus was carrying about several students from Bloomingdale Elementary School. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but this was a very frightening ordeal for the kids and their parents.

"I was terrified," parent Dana Relaford told us.

Relaford's children ride that bus home every day. The log rolled off a truck and right under the bus before the driver could move out of the way. Relaford found out about it when she called the bus company, after her children didn't come home on time.

"The dispatcher told me they had been in a slight accident and they were coming," she said.

Like any concerned parent, Relaford needed to make sure her children were okay. She was more than a little alarmed  after a bus carrying a dozen Windsor Forest students flipped over on Tuesday.

"I was a little bit scared because of what had happened yesterday, but I was a bus driver so I'm familiar on both sides," she told us. "What I did was, my first mind told me to come down to make sure everything was all right."

Relaford was relieved to learn her children and the other students on the bus were not hurt. Something she credits to the bus driver. "From what I hear, the driver did excellent. For those logs to fall and for her to take control was excellent."

Savannah-Chatham police and Laidlaw are both investigating. There's no word on any charges yet. We'll continue to follow this story and bring you the latest as it becomes available.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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