18-Wheeler Rear-Ends Georgia School Bus, 8 Students Injured

Eight students were injured Monday after a DeKalb County school bus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.

Details of the Georgia School Bus Accident

According to reports, the wreck happened around 4:50 pm Monday in the southbound lanes of I-285 near Glenwood Road.

School officials say the bus was transporting 19 students from Cedar Grove Middle School and Champion Theme School when it was allegedly rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. A DeKalb County Schools spokesperson said the bus was at a stop when the crash occurred and implied that the 18-wheeler was traveling too fast to avoid the bus.

The conditions of the injured students were not immediately available, but head, back, and neck injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

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At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

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