Students injured in Houston school bus crash

WARNER ROBINS -- A Houston County school bus crashed into the fence of Robins Air Force Base on Wednesday, sending more than a dozen students and the driver to the hospital.

Schools spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin said the students were being treated at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins and The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and all of the injuries appear to be minor. She did not have an exact figure of how many students were being treated. Most were at Houston Medical Center, but a few were taken to Macon.

The bus was traveling north on Ga. 247 at about 3:45 p.m. when the driver lost control, and the bus crashed through the fence just south of the Georgia Air National Guard area, said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin identified the driver as Michael Campbell, who was taken to the Medical Center. She said she did not know what caused him to lose control.

The bus was carrying students from Bonaire Middle School. Students who were not injured were taken to Lindsey Elementary School where parents picked them up.

The bus did not appear to be significantly damaged, but a wrecker was called in to move it.

Miner said emergency personnel from the base, Houston County, Warner Robins and the Georgia State Patrol responded to the scene. McLaughlin said school nurses and other school personnel also responded.

Miner said the base regularly holds exercises with community emergency agencies to practice for such incidents.

“Although it was a bad situation, it was a great result as far the outside of the fence and inside of the fence coming together to respond,” Miner said.

Wednesday was the first day of school.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.