No injuries in Sumter school bus accident

Published 10:45 am Monday, August 21, 2017

By Beth Alston

AMERICUS — A Sumter County School bus was involved in a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon.
According to the accident report from the Americus Police Department, the school bus driver, leaving the north side of the Americus-Sumter High School campus with 29 passengers on board, turned onto Bell Street and struck a Nissan Altima, which was traveling east on Bell.
The report states that the bus driver was at fault because he failed to yield the right of way to the Nissan. The bus sustained slight damage to the driver side front bumper area and the Nissan had moderate damage to the passenger side front door, passenger side rear door, and passenger side rear quarter panel area, according to the report.
The investigating officer, Lt. Timothy Green, also wrote that none of the people involved in the accident had “any obvious signs of injury, nor did anyone claim to be injured due to the collision.” Green also wrote that 27 school bus passengers were specifically identified by school system records at the time, and the other two passengers’ records would be located and the accident report updated. The passengers ranged in age from 12 to 18.
There were no charges made in the accident.