“At mile marker 98, just west of the Georgia Highway 11 exit, traffic began slowing for a lane closure about a half mile ahead,” Wright said. “As the buses slowed, one bus struck the rear of another, setting off a chain-reaction crash. The passenger car was the last vehicle in the line and struck the rear of the sixth bus.”
Amy Nunnally, a spokeswoman for the Burke County school system, said no child was seriously injured. "Just a few bruises, scrapes," Nunnally told The Associated Press. "Nothing bad happened to any of our children."
The injured bus driver was conscious and talking with emergency crews when she was cut from the wreckage, Nunnally said.
Emergency personnel from Newton and Morgan counties, the State Patrol and the cities of Covington and Social Circle responded, according to Newton sheriff's spokesman Lt. Tyrone Oliver.
Morgan County sent several buses to the scene to help transport uninjured children.