7 APS students taken to hospital after school bus crash


ATLANTA, Ga. - Atlanta Public Schools officials said seven students were taken to a hospital for evaluation after a school bus crash in southeast Atlanta.

The accident happened on Fulton Street shortly after 10 a.m., APS officials said.

The bus was taking students to Martin Luther King Middle School when it was hit by an SUV. Preliminary reports show the SUV pulled out from a parking lot and into the roadway in front of the bus, causing the accident.

Channel 2's Ryan Young spoke to a man who heard the crash and ran to the scene.

"The SUV was coming out and it collided and the bus was mangled. (The) kids had a very rough ride," he said. "The ambulance came. The paramedics came out and got the kids (who were) injured off the bus first and then lined them up on the grass first and (paramedics) looked at them."

Officials said the SUV driver has been arrested for driving on a suspended license. The bus driver was not charged, but will be sent for routine drug screening.

Police said there were approximately 20 students on the bus, but only seven were taken to a hospital for evaluation. The remaining students were taken to school.

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