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School bus crashes in west Georgia; 17 students sent to hospital

By John Branch, CNN
updated 12:21 PM EDT, Thu March 20, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The bus got into an accident with a pick-up truck early Thursday
  • Spokeswoman: 17 students were transported to a hospital with injuries that weren't serious
  • The truck's driver did have serious injuries and was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital

(CNN) -- Seventeen western Georgia students were transported to area hospitals Thursday morning after their school bus crashed with a pickup truck, a school official said.

The driver of the pickup truck was seriously injured and was airlifted from Haralson County to Grady Memorial Hospital -- about 50 miles east, in Atlanta -- according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The accident happened around 7:20 a.m. on State Highway 120, said Kersha Cartwright, public relations coordinator for the Haralson County School System.

None of the students, who were from elementary to high school age, suffered serious injuries, Cartwright said.

Video from CNN affiliate WSB showed the bus hooked up to a tow truck on the tree-lined, two-lane highway.

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CNN's Greg Botelho contributed to this report.

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