Monday’s fatal bus crash ruled an accident

UPDATE:

08/24/16 6:30 p.m. — Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3 that the cause of death from Monday’s fatal bus crash was accidental and Roy Newnan died of blunt force trauma.

Bryan will receive a more in depth autopsy report within the next two weeks.


08/22/16 6:20 p.m. — Muscogee County School District Superintendent released a statement regarding Monday’s fatal bus accident:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of our bus driver, Mr. Roy Newman, and the children and their families who were involved in the accident, “ said Dr. David F. Lewis, Superintendent. “We would like to thank and commend all the of the emergency personnel who responded quickly to the scene with tremendous expertise and professionalism.”


08/22/16 11:57 a.m. — Muscogee County Buddy Bryan confirms the school bus driver involved in a serious crash Monday morning is dead.

Bryan says 67-year-old Roy Newman’s body will be taken to Atlanta for an autopsy.


(ORIGINAL STORY)

MUSCOGEE COUNTY, Ga — Columbus police investigate a school bus crash Monday morning that injured five students on board and the driver.

Fire Chief Ricky Shores confirms a bus crashed into a tree on Garrett Road in Midland at around 7:45 a.m.

He says three students and the driver had significant injuries. Shores also says one of the injured girls had to be airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Eggleston.

Valerie Fuller with the Muscogee County School District says four other students and the bus driver are still in the hospital. Shores says four were taken by ambulance and the other three children involved in the wreck were taken in by parents.

Fuller says the bus was on its way to Mathews Elementary School. Shores says the students ranged from ages five to nine.

“We’ve had accidents.  I can’t give you a number of reports of accidents.  We’d have to go and actually look at those numbers, but anytime there is an accident it is fully investigated,” Fuller explains.

Superintendent David Lewis says his thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of all involved in the crash.  He said in a statement, “We would like to thank and commend all the of the emergency personnel who responded quickly to the scene with tremendous expertise and professionalism.”

 

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