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Update: Berrien Co. school bus accident


A Berrien County school bus driver is off the job tonight while a school bus crash is investigated.

93 students were on two buses that collided Monday, 28 of them were checked out at a hospital.

Now the driver who rear-ended the bus in front of her could face possible suspension.

Monday afternoon's school bus collision was frightening for the dozens of children involved.

"For me since it was my first time, it was pretty scary. I mean I've seen it happen, but I've never really experienced it before," said 12-year-old student, Cynthia Washburn.

Washburn was on one of the two school busses in the accident, along with 92 other Berrien County elementary, middle and high school students.

The first bus was stopped to drop off students and the second bus slammed right into it.

It is not clear why the second bus rear ended the stopped bus. The driver of that second bus, Sylvia Towels, has been pulled off the road until GSP finishes the investigation. The Assistant Superintendent says Towels has been with the school system for almost a decade and this was her first accident.

"We've not had any accidents, and I'm not going to discuss her personnel record," said Dr. Lilli Drawdy, Asst. Superintendent.  

Washburn's cousin was also on the bus and both the girls were taken to Tift Regional Monday night for medical attention. Amanda Davidson says the girls will have to get back on the bus.

"Anytime you get in another vehicle, you're taking a chance. So I talked to her, she's scared because it's her second accident on a bus, but yeah that's her only transportation," said mom Amanda Davidson.

Drawdy says the school board tried to contact the children's parents as soon as possible.

"Our focus was on our children, and then of course secondary was to notify the parents because I realize it would be frightening for a small child to be transported and not know what was next," said Drawdy.

28 children were treated and released at Berrien County Hospital Monday night with no serious injuries.

The school system's insurance will cover all of the children's hospital charges. And a substitute bus driver has taken over Towels' route.

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