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04/07/05

Charges Pending Against Driver in School Bus Accident

You expect your kids are safe coming and going from school. But yesterday afternoon, it was a nightmare on the ride home as a school bus went off the road in Bryan County, in Pembroke at Harvey Town Road just off Highway 280.

Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt. Seven students and the driver were taken to the hospital to be checked out for very minor injuries, but it was still a very frightening trip home from school.

The driver tried to move over to make room for a passing truck, but the muddy ground proved too much.

Second grader Tyler Hills told us, "She went into the ditch."

Nykenya Campbell and her classmates started screaming. "I was scared," she said. "Everyone started crying and stuff."

"It was like, 'Oh Lord!'" said parent Marchal Carter. Frantic parents like Carter got the word and arrived soon after to make sure their children were okay.

"I was about 20 minutes away and she was like, Aaliyah was saying, 'Mom, I'm all right,' but I got here as fast as possible," Carter said.

Genella Jenkins knew something was wrong when her son wasn't home by 5pm. "At quarter after five, he wasn't there and I started getting scared and saying, 'Where is he? What happened to the bus?' That's when I got the phone call. My baby son was in an accident."

Jenkins' son was one of the students taken to the hospital. But Mom was relieved to see that her son seemed all right. "A little bit of pressure released, but I still wanted to get him checked out because they said the lower part of his back was hurt."

All seven students and the bus driver are expected to recover. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating. Charges are pending against the bus driver.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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