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Bus crash sends kids to hospital

DULUTH - Two children were injured Wednesday morning after a car struck a Gwinnett County school bus in Duluth, officials said.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found the car partially lodged under the school bus, according to Lt. Thomas Rutledge, the Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman.

The preliminary investigation indicates the school bus at 7:40 a.m. was making a left turn onto Club Drive from the Rolling Ridge subdivision when it was struck by the car, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County police spokesman, in a news release.

Moloney said it appears the bus driver was at fault for failing to yield while making a left turn.

Two children on the school bus were taken by ambulance to Gwinnett Medical Center with minor injuries, Moloney said.

Sloan Roach, the Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman, said one of the children on the bus suffered injuries to the face.

The other seven children on the school bus were put on another bus and taken to the medical center for evaluation, Roach said.

A Gwinnett Medical Center spokesman said all of the children on the school bus were treated and released.

The children's parents were notified of the incident, Roach said. The bus was en route to Corley Elementary School, she said.

Three children riding in the back seat of the car were taken by ambulance to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, Moloney said.

One was in serious condition, and the others had minor injuries.

Two adults trapped in the car were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center after firefighters extricated them, officials said. One was in critical condition, and the other was in serious condition. The Gwinnett Medical Center spokesman said those patients were still at the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Moloney said he did not have the names of the people involved in the accident because the report had not been completed Wednesday evening.

The school bus driver was sent for a drug test, as is routine, and she will not be allowed to drive the bus route until an internal investigation is finished, Roach said.

GCPS is not releasing the name of the bus driver, but Roach said the female driver has worked for the school system since 1996. Roach said she did not know if the woman had been involved in other accidents.

Roach said the internal investigation is usually completed within a week.