Cpl. Jon Seagroves takes a photo of a wrecked Dougherty County School bus Thursday.
ALBANY, Ga. — A man has been cited after police say he rear-ended a school bus causing a crash that sent a dozen people to the hospital, including 10 Dougherty County school children.
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Reginald Williams, 36, was driving his tractor- trailer east on Newton Road around 7 a.m. Thursday when police say he rear-ended a Dougherty school bus as it was making a right turn onto Darr Lane near Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.
The bus left the roadway, traveled into a ditch and struck a utility pole, snapping the pole in two, near an abandoned car-rental business.
The rig then flipped on its side, skidded across the lanes for westbound traffic on Newton Road and was struck by a black Chevy Malibu driven by a mother taking her two children to school.
The bus driver, Samuel Jordan, took himself to the hospital and eight elementary-aged children on the bus were taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
DCSS Director of Public Information R.D. Harter said none of the children on the school bus suffered serious injury.
The three people in the Chevy Malibu — Twana Daniels 29, Aamya Daniels 7, and Jack Daniels 9 — were also taken for treatment. The extent of their injuries, however, was unknown Thursday.
Williams, who was uninjured, has been cited for following too closely, Albany Police Department spokesperson Phyllis Banks says.
No passenger disruptions were reported at the airport. One flight departed about an hour before the accident and the next flight, at 11:46 a.m., occurred after the accident debris had been cleared and the road had been reopened.