Driver cited in collision with Bibb school bus; 6 students injured

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 16, 2014 

Six students and the driver of a sedan were hurt in a head-on collision involving a Bibb County school bus Thursday morning.

Three dozen pupils were on the bus headed for Howard High School when a white Nissan Maxima crossed the center line of Forsyth Road, between Aston Hall and Fairmont Drive, and hit the front bumper of the bus about 7 a.m.

The car driver, 36-year-old Tianitia Tolbert, of Macon, was taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to a release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

One student with minor injuries was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, also in stable condition.

Five other students complaining of injuries were treated at the scene near the entrance to Howard Oaks subdivision, said Bibb County Sheriff’s Lt. Sean DeFoe.

Traffic backed up in both directions from the 6000 block of Forsyth Road, just north of the subdivision, as both lanes were blocked by the wreck and emergency vehicles.

Multiple ambulances rushed to the scene, as it was not immediately clear how many young people were hurt.

The bus was headed northwest toward Howard, and the Maxima was headed in the other direction.

A second bus took the students, including those treated for minor injuries, to the Howard complex up the road from the wreck, school system spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley said.

Bibb County sheriff’s deputies are investigating what caused the accident.

They cited Tolbert for driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain a lane and an open container violation, the release stated.

An open beer can was in the car, but Tolbert had not been drinking and was not impaired, DeFoe said.

One of the students on the bus was on the way to Hutchings Career Center, but the other 35 were bound for Howard High.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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