A Rome woman faces four charges, including DUI, after allegedly hitting a school bus head-on Wednesday, authorities said.
Mandy Michelle Coast, 33, also faces charges of failure to maintain lane and two counts of child endangerment after the crash, which sent 16 students to the hospital with minor injuries, the Georgia State Patrol told AJC.com.
Around 3 p.m., Coast was driving a 2004 Buick Le Sabre north on Calhoun Road near Model High School, while the school bus traveled south, the GSP said. The Buick allegedly crossed the double yellow center line, hitting the bus head-on.
Coast had two children in her vehicle. All three were taken to Floyd Medical Center, the GSP said. Coast sustained broken bones but her injuries are not life-threatening, according to the Rome News-Tribune.
Nine students were taken to Floyd Medical Center in ambulances, and seven more were taken by family members, the newspaper reported. None suffered major injuries. It’s unclear which school the students attend.
AJC.com has reached out to the Floyd County School District for more information.
As of Thursday afternoon, Coast had not been booked into the Floyd County jail, according to jail records. AJC.com has reached out to the sheriff’s office for more information.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.