Two people were injured when a car and a school bus crashed into each other on Dalton Highway Wednesday morning, Forsyth County News reports.
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The crash occurred at 8:15 a.m. when a Saab sedan pulled in front of a county school bus as it tried to turn left, according to Cumming Deputy Police Chief Aletha Barrett.
The bus was devoid of students, but the 37-year-old driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Northside Hospital Forsyth.
The driver of the Saab was a 17-year-old female Forsyth Central student who also sustained minor injuries. She was transported to Northside Hospital as well.
In the Saab was one passenger, a 16-year-old female student who reported minor injuries but declined to be taken to the hospital.
The driver of the Saab was cited for failing to yield after a stop sign.
The bus had just dropped children off at Central High School at the time of the wreck, school system spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo said.
The two students in the Saab were on their way to the same school.
“Had children on the bus been involved in the accident many would not have had their medical bills paid,” said Cumming attorney Steven Leibel. “Unless parents had made the wise choice to purchase medical payments coverage under their own auto policies many kids would have to pay out of pocket for healthcare even though they were blameless in an incident.”
Dalton Highway was reduced to one lane for approximately 25 minutes Wednesday morning as the two vehicles were moved.
The bus was able to be driven away, but damage to the car made it necessary for crews to remove it.
Between 2004 and 2013, over 1,200 crashes involving school buses occurred across the U.S., according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These crashes have proven to be most dangerous for individuals in the vehicle that collides with a bus.