HARALSON COUNTY, Ga. - Dozens of children were on a school bus when it collided head-on with a pickup truck in Haralson County Thursday morning.
Emergency officials said 24 students were transported with minor injuries. They were headed to Tallapoosa primary, Haralson middle and high schools.
Student Annaleisa Boot, 11, said it was pure panic on the bus right after the crash. She said she got tossed around but is otherwise OK.
“I have a really bad bruised foot,” Boot said.
Georgia State Patrol said a 17-year-old driving a black Dodge pickup truck left her lane on Highway 120 near Pine Grove and collided with the Haralson County school bus carrying 39 students.
Boot said she was asleep and then felt the bus shake.
“I flew underneath the seat and it was scary. I hit my foot underneath the seat,” Boot said.
The driver of the pickup truck suffered critical injuries.
“We had to extricate her out of the vehicle,” said Haralson County EMA worker Brian Walker.
Boot said many of the students aboard the bus were crying after the crash.
“Crying, crying and worrying. And people had nose bleeds and most of the high schoolers since they're really tall, they had to go get those neck thingies,” Boot said.
Boot had four brothers and sisters on the bus. Her mother said it was nerve-wracking when she got the call about the crash. Then she realized her kids were OK.
“It was just minor injuries and they were just shaken up. But that was the biggest part -- everybody was just scared,” said Shana Boot.
Emergency officials say the 17-year-old pickup truck driver is in stable condition.