Truck driver in Georgia rescues students after hitting school bus, later dies
The truck driver died after arriving at a hospital for treatment of his injuries
A school bus crash in Georgia left several students injured and claimed the life of a truck driver, who helped rescue some students from the bus before collapsing.
Georgia State Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that the bus had stopped for a few minutes to unload children in Alma, Ga., before a rental truck plowed into the rear of the vehicle. Six of the 10 students aboard the bus were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Local reports said the students aboard the bus ranged from elementary- to high school-age.
“We’ve had other accidents and tragedies and things like that in the past, but this one … had you shaken the most out of all of them,” said Tyler Beach, a Bacon County Fire/EMS Compliance Officer.
“It was actually unbelievable for a population of 11,000 in Bacon County,” said Beach. “We couldn’t believe the support and all the resources that were available in a moment’s notice. I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who showed up and helped respond.”
A Georgia State Patrol team that specializes in reconstructing collisions is conducting an investigation, according to the statement emailed by public information officer Franka Young.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Peter Aitken is a New York born-and-raised reporter with a focus on national and global news.