Dublin City Schools superintendent grateful, thankful after school bus crash

A Dublin City Schools bus carrying the girls soccer team overturned Thursday, sending 16 students, the team coach and the bus driver to the hospital.

No one was seriously hurt, said School Superintendent Fred Williams.

The students and adults were all taken to Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin for evaluation after the accident, Williams said. The team was headed to an away game against Washington County.

“I am extremely grateful and thankful that things are as well as they are,” Williams said. “I am eternally grateful to the first responders, law enforcement as well as the excellent care our students received at Fairview Park Hospital.

“I am also grateful and thankful for our staff that showed up at the reunification site to help reunite parents with students. Our parents were tremendous as well and the process worked smoothly in reunifying our most precious cargo with their parents,” Williams said.

The reunification site was set up at the hospital for the families of those on board the bus. All students were in stable condition upon arrival, according to a hospital news release.

All involved in the bus crash were released Thursday except one student, Williams said. That student was released from the hospital Friday morning, Williams said.

At 4:13 p.m. Thursday, the school bus driver was attempting to negotiate a curve when headed north on Buckeye Road near Watermelon Road in Johnson County when he traveled off the roadway, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The bus driver attempted to steer the bus back on the road, but overcorrected and lost control of the bus, the GSP said. The bus left the roadway and overturned.

Fairview Park Hospital holds regular drills and exercises to train for incidents like the school bus crash that may bring an influx of patients, according to the hospital release.

“It is our privilege to care for our community,” Dr. George Harrison, the hospital’s chief medical officer, said in the release. “Our hospital is made up of neighbors caring for neighbors, and last night we were honored to be there when these students needed us.”