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13-year-old girl killed in crash with school bus

A northeast Georgia middle school student was killed Wednesday morning in a head-on crash with a Hall County school bus, officials said.

Lonnie Anderson, 33, of Dawsonville, was driving a 1995 Ford Mustang when it hit standing water on Ga. 60 North near Rufus Bryant Road in Hall County and hydroplaned, according to the Georgia State Patrol. At that point, it crossed the center line and struck the school bus head-on. The Mustang then rotated and hit the bus again on its left side.

Hall County authorities work to clear a wreck involving a school bus and a car Wednesday morning. The two vehicles collided head-on in the 6000 block of Thompson Bridge Road while the bus was transporting 19 elementary students to school. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

His 13-year-old daughter, Summer Anderson, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a student at Dawson County Middle, according to the school system.

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Lonnie Anderson and 12-year-old Zachary Anderson, Summer’s brother, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Their conditions were unknown Thursday.

The Hall County School District released a statement regarding the incident: “We also want to offer our sincere sympathy and condolences to the Anderson family of Dawson County who lost a child in the accident and want them to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

All 19 Mount Vernon Elementary School students and the bus driver, 65-year-old Barbara Flowers, were taken to the same hospital for evaluation, the school system said. All have since been released, with no major injuries reported.

A Hall County school bus involved in a head-on collision Wednesday morning is loaded onto a wrecker. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM  

No alcohol or drugs are suspected in the crash, the GSP said.

Ga. 60 was shut down while the GSP conducted the investigation, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

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