Several injured in school bus crash in Newton County


A crash outside Oak Hill Elementary in Newton County left several people injured Monday morning.

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. - A parent is in critical condition after being involved in a crash with a school bus full of high school students.

According to Sherri Viniard of Newton County Schools, a parent pulled out in front of a bus in front of Oak Hill Elementary at Richard’s Chapel Road and Highway 212, resulting in a T-bone crash Monday morning. A witness said the woman had just dropped off her child.

“It was scary. I knew she wasn't going to have time to get out and make it in front of the bus, so I’m sitting their telling myself, ‘Don't do it. Don't do it,’” witness Shena Marable told Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman.

Marable said she ran to help the woman after she was thrown from her car onto the street.

“Once she got word there were kids in the busy, she got pretty upset. She was conscious,” Marable said.

The bus, which was carrying Alcovy High School students, spun out and hit another car carrying a mother and a child, the Georgia State Patrol said. GSP said they were hospitalized, but their condition is unclear. Three students on the bus were also hospitalized with minor injuries, district officials said.

Channel 2’s Erica Byfield spoke to the mother of one of the injured students at the Newton Medical Center in Covington.

“I was little nervous, but now I’m calming down, and thank God he’s OK,” Karen Henderson told Byfield.

She said she lost another son several years ago in a crash.

“It kind of startled me, to get that phone call again,” Henderson said.

She said her 17-year-old in Monday’s crash is in a lot of pain but will be OK.

Some parents said the intersection creates a blind spot during the busy drop off-time.

“Obviously, that is something we will look into, see if we can get a deputy to direct traffic,” Viniard said.