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Tractor-trailer driver cited in school bus crash

School bus rear-ended

Cpl. Jon Seagroves takes a photo of a wrecked Dougherty County School bus Thursday.

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.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

How many times have I told y'all to not text and drive?

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 4 months ago

Look above at the updated video, I think he was distracted by that fine looking "Welcome to Albany" sign. :)

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VietVet1 1 year, 4 months ago

LOL I was thinking the same thing - don't cha just love the sign?

Just hope the kids are ok though.

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GeeGee 1 year, 4 months ago

I use to work for a trucking company and you would not believe what they will do to get a truck driver behind the wheel. If it is a reputable truck like Roadway or the bigger companies, then they are strict, but owner operators and log haulers beware. I try my best to get away from them. Do not trust them. Their logs are forged and authority is suspect at best. Using a cell phone is suspect because the average education of a lot of drivers is middle school. Why do you think they are driving a truck to begin with? I do not mean to insult the good drivers out there for there are many. But for every good one, there are a 1000 who should never be behind the wheel.

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jglass 1 year, 4 months ago

Sister.......................I wonder when they will update us with complete details.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 4 months ago

About an hour and 15 minutes after you made this comment :)

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jglass 1 year, 4 months ago

Funny Terry!!!! The initial story I heard was that the bus and the semi flipped and I am so glad that was not the case. Hopefully the people in the car were all ok as well. Now, I can't wait to hear all of the interviews from the parents of these students. All-in-all, glad nobody was seriously injured.

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bigbob 1 year, 4 months ago

They must of needed crowd control at the hospital for all the lowlife lawyers in this town.

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GeeGee 1 year, 4 months ago

They have another bus wreck this afternoon. A headstart bus and a dump truck.

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alleebrin 1 year, 4 months ago

Gotta keep the ambulance-chasing lawyers in a lifestyle their wives have come to enjoy! HOPE NOBODY WAS SERIOUSLY HURT, however, when the lawyers get into the case they will be critically injured and never the same again. Pathetic society we live in nowadays!!

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 4 months ago

Yep this is Albany.

Sure is a pretty high dollar "Welcome" sign "near an abandoned car-rental business." Kind of fitting that Ms. Anti-business has an "abandoned" business near her personal monument "Welcome Sign".....More fitting as a giant tombstone for businesses than a “Welcome” sign.

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