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Valdosta - Nine special needs students were hospitalized after a school bus crash in Valdosta Wednesday morning.

Police say Earnestine Gardner was driving a the Special Needs students Sallas Mahone Elementary when she sideswiped a Nissan Maxima at the intersection of Lee Street and Vallotton.

The students were all transported to South Georgia Medical Center as a precaution.

"Bus #10 is a special needs transport unit, we felt it would be in the best interest of the children to let them all be examined by medical personnel following this accident," said Jennifer Steedley, director of community relations for the Valdosta City Schools. 

SGMC administrators report no injuries and say all the students were released by 10:30 AM.

"We have nothing but positive things to say about the care these kids received from the emergency department staff at SGMC," said Steedley.  "This was a different scenario since these were kids with special needs.  The hospital gave each child an ER teddy bear to help comfort them as they were being triaged." 

Police have ticketed Gardner for improper turn.