There was a deadly crash involving a box truck and a school bus on GA 4 close to Sweet Gum Road in Alma on Wednesday afternoon.
The Georgia State Patrol said the school bus was transporting students from elementary through to high school. It stopped and students were disembarking in the outside lane when the truck rear-ended the bus.
The accident happened around 3:38 p.m.
The truck driver, 25-year-old Johnathan Grayer of Jacksonville, Florida, was taken to the hospital following the crash and he subsequently died.
The GSP said there were ten students on the bus when the crash occurred and six had to be taken to the hospital. Three were transported to Shands in Jacksonville while three went to Bacon County Hospital.
Grayer was also taken to an unnamed hospital with injuries.
The students were said to have injuries that were not life-threatening.
Via Twitter, Governor Brian Kemp said he and his family were praying for Grayer’s relatives and the injured children.
The GSP said the driver of the box truck was traveling at approximately 50 to 60 miles per hour.
Meanwhile, Cpl. Shane Copeland said the crash was a high impact one and troopers were trained to be thorough in their investigations.
He said all crashes were treated equally and but since this one involved children, it was also personal. Copeland said he had three kids and he couldn’t help but think of them.
He urged motorists to pay more attention to the road now that children were going back to school after the summer break.
The GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is conducting additional investigations into the accident.
If you lost a loved one in a crash or you suffered injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Seek advice from a Georgia truck accident lawyer.