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I-85 crash sends kid to hospital

BUFORD -- One child was hospitalized and one child and an adult were treated at the scene this morning when three buses carrying sixth-grade students from Greenville, S.C., collided on Interstate 85 near Buford, officials said.

The 8:35 a.m. crash at Buford Drive happened when the lead bus in a six-bus caravan abruptly slowed down due to the flow of traffic, said a Gwinnett police spokesman. The second bus apparently stopped, officials said, but was rear ended by a third bus and pushed into the first.

No serious injuries were reported. The child who was taken to the hospital suffered a minor back and abdominal injury, said Gwinnett Fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

A school nurse serving as a chaperone said 156 children were aboard the buses, headed to Atlanta on a field trip.

The three buses that were not involved were sent to the Mall of Georgia to stand by until replacement buses arrived.

One lane was closed for about 20 minutes, tying up southbound traffic.

Staff writer Heath Hamacher contributed to this report.