The bus was driving along Interstate 75 when a rear-end collision crash happened in front of the bus just after 4 p.m., according to the Georgia State Patrol. GSP said a car went into the path of the bus and the bus swerved off the road to avoid crashing into the car. The bus ended up going into an embankment and hit the side of an overpass before it finally stopped, GSP said.
GSP said there were 52 passengers on the bus returning from a trip to Florida, all from Mill Creek High School in Buford. One of the students on board had to be flown by helicopter to an area hospital for treatment, according to GSP. GSP officials said she was in stable condition.
Channel 2’s Erica Byfield was at Miller Creek as some of the students were reunited with their families Sunday night.
Bus crash victim Morgan Davis told her she felt lucky to be alive, saying, “God was with me and my friends on the bus.”
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Bus Carrying Students Flies Off I-75 Into Embankment
In addition to the airlifted student, 19 others on the bus were also taken to the hospital to be checked out for any possible injuries, GSP said. Authorities said everyone else was taken to the Dooly County Sheriffs Office to wait for another bus to pick them up.
A parent waiting for her student at the high school said her child felt trapped during the terrifying experience.
“The kids couldn’t move. The kids couldn’t move one way or the bus was going to tip over into the oncoming traffic,” the mother said.
Davis told Byfield a similar story.
“The car flipped, and the next thing I know we are on the side of the road and everyone is screaming and everyone is hurt and everyone is telling us to stay still so the bus doesn’t tip over,” Davis said.
A Gwinnett County School spokesperson said there will be counselors at the school Monday morning.