School bus involved in Georgetown crash, seven taken to hospital

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 3, 2013 

— Seven people went to the hospital after a crash in Georgetown County involving a school bus, but Ray White, spokesman for Georgetown County Schools, said the injured students and driver are all in good condition.

The crash was reported about 8 a.m. Thursday at Highmarket Street and North Merriman Road, according to authorities.

Four children and the school bus driver were taken to a local hospital to be checked for injuries, said Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The crash happened as the bus drove along Highmarket Street and a vehicle was stopped at Merriman Road, Collins said. He said the stopped car was sideswiped by a Ford Expedition that failed to stop as it came up behind the car.

The Ford then went into the roadway and crashed with the bus, Collins said. The driver and passenger of the Ford were also taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.

Troopers are investigating the crash and it was unclear late Thursday what, if any, charges would be filed in the crash, Collins said.

Whitesaid the students were taken by EMS to a local hospital for observation. The students and the bus driver, were in good condition, White said.

Highmarket Street was closed near the crash scend for about an hour as crews responded to and cleaned up the crash.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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