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UPDATE: Driver of Vehicle Charged in School Bus Crash

A Gwinnett school bus ended up rolling over on its side after being struck by a truck at the intersection of Spalding Drive and S.R. 141 Thursday morning.

Photo Credit: Fox5Atlanta
Photo Credit: Fox5Atlanta
Update: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2:45 p.m.

The driver of a red Ford truck traveling southbound on S.R. 141 has been cited by Gwinnett police for the accident Thursday morning that ended with a Gwinnett school bus rolling over on its side. He has been charged with failure to obey a traffic light.

The 29-year-old driver said he reached down to retrieve his coffee cup that had fallen out of the cup holder and when he looked back up, the light was red - but he had already entered the intersection striking the bus.

The bus driver was westbound on Spalding Drive and when the light turned green was in the process of crossing through the intersection when the truck struck the bus in the right rear.

The bus driver, 55, told police she had started to go through the intersection and the next thing she said she remembered was the bus laying on its side.

Both drivers complained of minor injuries. 

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A Gwinnett County Public School bus ended up on its side during a traffic accident Thursday morning at the intersection of Spalding Drive and S.R. 141.

The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m. during the height of rush hour traffic. There were no students on board as the bus driver was just beginning the morning route. 

One other vehicle was involved in the crash. 

"There were no injuries reported," said Cpl. Ed Ritter, spokesperson for Gwinnett County PD. "The accident is still under investigation and there are no other details to provide at this time."

Patch will have an update as soon as more information becomes available.


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Steve Rausch December 12, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Distracted driving will do it every time. Why does everyone think they should try to multi-task all the time? Do just one thing and do it right! Lucky no students on board.
Judy Putnam (Editor) December 12, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Yes, thankfully there were no students on the bus. With the bus rolling over, I imagine there would have been injuries if it was packed full of kids.
Robert J. Nebel December 13, 2013 at 08:06 AM
It's cheaper to replace a cup of java than a pick-up truck. I am interested to find out how fast the truck was traveling on GA SR 141. Typically drivers speed up to unprecedented levels to beat the Spalding Drive light - only to come to a stop at Jay Bird Alley and/or Holcomb Bridge. Folks need to remember that they will get to their destination at some point.
mktaylorhome December 14, 2013 at 12:45 AM
This is the bus that my son and his friends ride. I do not want to imagine what the outcome could have been with all those kids. We have known the bus driver for several years and she has an excellent record. "Minor injuries" makes it sound like she was barely hurt - - on the contrary, she is quite sore and bruised. What I want to know is just how fast was that other nitwit driver going to be able to cause a school bus to ROLL OVER????

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