Minor Injuries After Accident Involving Lowndes Co. School Bus

School Bus Crash
Posted at 11:22 AM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 11:24:02-04

VALDOSTA, GA (WTXL) - Six students were sent to the hospital with minor injuries following a crash involving a Lowndes County school bus.

According to a Lowndes County School District spokesperson, the accident occured before school on Tuesday morning on North Valdosta Road.

The bus, on its way to Lowndes High School, was stopped in traffic when it was rear-ended by an SUV, a spokesperson said. 

According to Georgia State Patrol, a pickup truck, driven by 58-year-old James Jensen, had rear-ended the SUV after not seeing that it was stopped. The SUV then rear-ended the bus, troopers said.

Six students reported having had minor injuries, and were taken to South Georgia Medical Center, the school said. All have since been released to their parents.

Jensen was not wearing his seatbelt, troopers said, and was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition. Cook was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries and released.

Troopers noted that airbags deployed in both cars. The driver of the bus was reportedly not injured.

The school said approximately 40 students were on the bus at the time of the crash. They were also released to their parents.

Jensen was cited for following too close as well as not wearing a seatbelt. Troopers do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.