WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The driver of the box truck that collided with a school bus helped free trapped children before he collapsed and died, Georgia State Patrol reported.
- Six of 10 students aboard the school bus were taken to the hospital, with no life-threatening injuries.
- GSP reported that the driver of the box truck was going between 50 and 60 miles per hour when it rear-ended the school bus.
In Georgia, a truck driver involved in a collision accident helped free trapped children from the school bus before he collapsed and died. The accident happened around 3:38 PM Wednesday. The school bus stopped and unloaded students near Alma in Bacon County when the accident occurred, Georgia State Patrol said.
Right after the collision, Johnathon Grayer jumped out of his vehicle and rushed onto the school bus to help the students inside, Cpl. Shane Copel told CNN. The accident was recorded in video, from the surveillance camera inside the school bus.
“He must’ve been running on adrenaline, and his body gave out,” Cpl. Copeland said. “He was pretty much done by that point.”
GSP said 10 students were on the school bus at the time of the accident. Six were taken to the hospital, without life-threatening injuries. The drivers and three students were transported to the Bacon County Hospital. The other student, to Shands in Jacksonville, Florida.
The incident report mentioned speed estimates before the collision. GSP reported that the driver of the box truck was going between 50 and 60 miles per hour when it rear-ended the school bus.
“We try to do the standard procedures on every crash and treat all crashes equally,” Copeland told the outlet. “However emotionally, you can’t help but to think I’ve got three children and you can’t help but to think of your three children on their bus back home and it does make it personal if that makes sense.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp posted about the accident on social media. He captioned his post, “Terrible news out of Alma. @GAFirstLady, the girls, and I are praying for the family and loved ones of the truck driver who lost their life and the students who are injured,” he wrote.
The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) opens a follow-up investigation on the accident.