Berrien County school bus hit by truck (WALB image)
42 students were on board (Source: WALB)
Parent Caleb Hardeman (Source: WALB)
Parent Jermaine Cooper (Source: WALB)
Berrien High School student Ben Murray (Source: WALB)
NASHVILLE, GA (WALB) -
A Berrien County school bus was involved in a crash around 7:20 this morning on Georgia Highway 125 as the bus was stopped to pick up students.
A truck with the company Rest E-Z Waste Pick-Up came up on the back of the bus and clipped it in the right rear.
The bus was on its last stop and was almost completely loaded with 42 students.
"It's a little upsetting cause they wouldn't want somebody hitting a school bus that their kids are on," says Berrien County resident and parent Jermaine Cooper.
Two students claimed injuries and the driver of the truck was air lifted to Tallahassee for medical treatment.
Under the bus is what they call a crumple zone. When the bus was hit the crumple zone folded like an accordion, taking most of the impact. Bus mechanics say it was that safety feature that kept more children from getting injured.
However, parents say it's not only up to the bus and bus driver to protect their children.
"The driver of the vehicle should've been paying attention to the school bus instead of being in a hurry trying to get to where they were going," says Cooper.
"Just be aware of your surroundings, slow down, and pay attention to what you're doing," urges another parent, Caleb Hardemen.
At the end of the day the buses aren't just any vehicle. One student wants drivers to remember who the buses are transporting.
"There's children's lives on that bus that you don't want to hurt or endanger," urges Berrien High School student Ben Murray.
The driver of the truck was cited for following to close, and not wearing a seat belt.