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School bus carrying Tift Co. Softball team involved in crash

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - It started off as an exciting school bus ride home for the Tift County Girls softball team having just played their best game of the year in Valdosta.

"We were just a couple miles from the high school and a truck went over the railroad track and ran through a stop sign and t-boned us and knocked the bus over into the left lane and it was fish tailing a little but our driver Pam did a tremendous job of keeping the bus on the road," said head softball coach Taylor Wilkins.

The driver noticed the truck fast approaching the intersection and quickly moved the bus into the other lane. That likely prevented the bus from flipping over into a ditch.

"I was actually sitting with my back towards the window the next thing I knew I was up in the middle of the isle and we were back and forth and my first instinct was to check on Pam our bus driver, I was sitting right there in front and like I said she was the difference," said Wilkins.

Everyone was alive and no one was critically injured. But moments later a coach got off the bus to check on the other driver.

"As I'm walking back to the bus I'm about 20 to 30 feet away from the truck all of a sudden I hear a loud boom and I hear a car horn and to my left I see the car slide by me," said assistant softball coach Ivey Vickers.

"I'm on the median and all of a sudden I feel glass hitting me I turn around and the truck is probably a foot away from me at that time," said Vickers.

"We hear the crash and we are probably a 150 yards away we know that there has been another wreck but we aren't sure what happened at that point panic sets in because now we've got two situations," said Wilkins.

Ten girls on the bus plus one of the other drivers were taken to the hospital but all were released.

The driver of the truck 21-year old Martin Walter Saylor, Junior will be charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.

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