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Officials: Charges expected in fatal I-75 bus crash

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LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) -

Georgia State Patrol spoke Tuesday about the cause of an accident after a bus carrying 31 students was hit by a semi truck on I-75 and the next steps they are in the investigation.

19 students were injured after a semi truck crashed into their bus, killing Rebecca Hall, 15.

"A tractor trailer was hauling some metal beams or platforms, it was an oversized load that collided with the bus. It ended up tearing up the rear of the bus on the passenger side. There will be pending charges. I can't really go into what the charges will be as of right now but it will come after the investigation is complete," said Cpl. Chris Kelch, of GSP.

Many WALB viewers have asked on social media why the bus was on the Interstate.

WALB asked GSP about buses on the interstate Tuesday evening. 

"State Law allows buses to travel on the highway, they are allowed to travel on any roadway in the state of Georgia and the interstate is included in that roadway. They just have certain speed limits they have to abide by they are not allowed to drive 70 mph down the interstate they have a certain speed limit they cannot exceed," said Kelch.

Sierra Landaverde, 15, one of the students on the bus, is in the ICU for her injuries. She had a broken rib, collapsed lung and a bleeding spleen.

At least one other student is being treated at South Georgia Medical Center for their injuries.

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