VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A car collided with a Lowndes County School bus on North Valdosta Road about 8:00 Tuesday morning. Thirty-five students were on the bus at the time of the crash. Some students were taken to the hospital for observation.
The SUV that first hit the bus was then struck from behind by a pickup truck.
The Georgia State Patrol said that Trooper Brian Bass responded to a crash with injuries on North Valdosta Road, GA Highway 7, just west of Val North Drive in Lowndes County.
The bus driven by 55 year old Sandra Humes of Valdosta was stopped in traffic in the left westbound lane of North Valdosta Road, when a Chevrolet Traverse driven by 23 year old Kristy Cook of Valdosta was stopped behind the school bus in the left westbound lane.
A Toyota Tundra driven by 58 year old James Jenson of St. Petersburg, Florida ran into the rear end of the Traverse, which then struck the rear end of the bus.
Jenson was not wearing his seatbelt, and was transported to South Georgia Medical Center for chest injuries and was listed as 'stable' at the time of this release. Cook was also transported to South Georgia Medical Center for minor injuries and has since been discharged. Air bags in both the Tundra and Traverse deployed.
Six of the children on the school bus were transported to South Georgia Medical Center for minor injuries and have since been discharged.
Jenson was issued citations for Following Too Close and Seatbelt Violation. Troopers do not suspect alcohol or drugs to be a contributing factor.