Nobody ever wants to read about an accident involving a school bus. The thought of a bunch of children being hurt while on their way to or from school is horrifying. The one car we’re supposed to be extra careful around is a school bus. Unfortunately, for one child in Carroll County, this nightmare came true this past week.
Wednesday morning, a Carroll County school bus was traveling on Georgia 113 when they were hit by a woman driving a Ford Explorer. The authorities confirmed that 53-year old Sherry Penn was driving around the curve on the highway when she lost control of her car. She crossed the center lane for some reason and crashed directly into the Carroll County school bus.
The crash was head-on. Thankfully, there was only 1 child on the bus at the time of the crash. The driver was the only other person on the school bus. Both the driver and the student were treated at the scene and released. Neither suffered any serious injuries.
The same cannot be said of the driver of the Ford Explorer. Penn suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital. Sadly, she passed away from her injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The investigation is still ongoing but it is pretty clear that the driver of the explorer was at fault. As both vehicles entered the curve, she crossed into the other land and hit the bus head-on.
The name of the driver of the school bus has not been released. Nor has the name of the child on the bus at the time of the crash.
If your child is hurt while riding on a school bus, call our office right away.