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Apr 1, 2015

03:30:55 GMT--Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: VI-20150401-47568-USA

Date / time: 01/04/2015 03:29:56 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Nort Carolina

Location: Andrews [W Gapway Rd. and Beech St.]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: 22 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy



Description:



A car crashed into a Georgetown County School District bus carrying 51 students Tuesday morning, and at least 22 people were taken to area hospitals, authorities said. The bus - which had students from Andrews Elementary School, Rosemary Middle School and Andrews High School - was struck from behind by a motorist at the intersection of W. Gapway Rd. and Beech St. in Andrews, according to Ray White, school district spokesman. The crash occurred around 7:35 a.m., when the motorist's vehicle caught fire, White said. The bus driver, car's occupants and all students were evacuated safely. The bus driver, car driver and 20 students were transported to Georgetown Memorial Hospital for treatment and released. Two students were transported to Kingstree Hospital by Williamsburg County EMS, White said. No one suffered life-threatening injuries, said Superintendent Randy Dozier. Georgetown County Fire/EMS, Midway Fire Rescue and the Andrews Fire Dept. responded to the scene along with law enforcement officers from the Andrews Police Deptartment, Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and the S.C Highway Patrol. All three schools' principals were on the scene, as well as Georgetown County School District staff. Dozier commended the bus driver's ability to evacuate the children quickly and safely. "We are thankful that no one suffered life-threatening injuries," he said. "We appreciate the efforts of the first responders and hospital staff who transported and treated our students." The accident is under investigation by the Andrews Police Department.




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