August 9, 2011 - Clayton County, Ga. - A man was sent to the hospital Thursday, August 4, after he was pinned under a school bus.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the accident happened early in the morning on Highway 42. The school bus was driving southbound on the highway when it attempted to make a left turn, blocking the path of a northbound van. The van crashed into the side of the bus and got stuck underneath it. The driver of the van was pinned in his vehicle.
Police spokesman Sgt. Otis Willis said that the driver of the van was injured in the accident and had to be flown to a local hospital. The driver's current medical condition is unknown. The driver of the school bus wasn't injured in the accident and there were no children in the bus.
Police said that the bus driver has been cited for failure to yield right of way. Police didn't know the school bus's destination, considering schools in Clayton County didn't open until Monday, August 8.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 Georgia Crash Statistics, there were 1,284 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Georgia.
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