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SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — Over 61 Burke County students were shaken up on Saturday, May 19, after a chain reaction involving six buses full of children headed for a Six Flags amusement park outside Atlanta crashed, officials told reporters.

Over 50 people were injured in a multiple school bus accident in Social Circle, GA on I-20 East of Covington and just west of the Georgia Highway 11 on May 19, 2012.


The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. I-20 near social circle in Newton County, Georgia, trapping the driver of one bus from Burke County Middle School in Waynesboro.

Map showing location of multiple school bus accident on May 19, 2012 on I-20 in Social Circle, GA just west of Georgia Highway 11 at mile marker 98.

Newton County Sheriff spokesman, Lt. Tyrone Oliver, told NBC station WXIA of Atlanta that the driver, indentified as Angela Anthony, 44, from Midville, Ga, was airlfited to an Atlanta-area hospital after emergency crews cut her from the wreckage.

WXIA reported that sixty-one students were treated at Newton County Medical Center for minor injuries and that all were expected to be sent home by the end of the day.

Lt. Oliver said,”most of the injuries I have seen here are minor bumps and bruises, soreness, complaint injuries. I have not seen anything serious.”

The incident remains under investigation at this time.


Nationwide truck accident lawyers, Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP say that there are a variety of factors that can cause a bus accident or commercial truck accident. Simple care and attention to detail by a commercial bus driver or a trucking company can prevent many accidents from happening. For more information about Atlanta Georgia trucking laws and victims rights, visit our Georgia truck accident lawyer page.

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