1 critical after DeKalb school bus crash; 2 students, driver evaluated

An SUV crashed into the back of a DeKalb County school bus early Thursday morning. One person in the SUV was critically injured, and two students aboard the bus were medically evaluated.

Credit: John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com

Credit: John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com

An SUV crashed into the back of a DeKalb County school bus early Thursday morning. One person in the SUV was critically injured, and two students aboard the bus were medically evaluated.

A person was rushed to a hospital, and two students and a bus driver were medically evaluated, after a vehicle crashed into a school bus in DeKalb County early Thursday morning, according to officials.

The crash was reported around 6:30 a.m., DeKalb Fire Capt. Jaeson Daniels told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It happened near Covington Highway and Lamar Street, not far from Redan.

When first responders arrived, they found that an SUV had rear-ended the bus, which had been stopped with lights flashing, according to DeKalb police.

Daniels said the collision left the driver of the vehicle trapped. Once firefighters pulled the person out, they were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The bus driver and two students were also taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The SUV crashed into the back of a DeKalb County school bus near Redan early Thursday morning.

Credit: John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com

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Credit: John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com

One of the students attends Peachcrest Elementary School and the other Bethune Elementary School, the DeKalb school district said in a statement.

“There are no reports of any serious injuries to anyone on the bus,” a spokesperson said. “However, as a precautionary measure, the driver and students were taken to a nearby medical facility for evaluation. The families of the students and the bus driver have been notified about the incident.”

Lanes of Covington Highway were closed in both directions following the crash but reopened within two hours., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Police said the crash remains under investigation.

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