Forsyth County officials confirmed a tour bus that collided with a tractor-trailer Thursday in Gilmer County, resulting in one fatality and more than 40 injuries, left from the Forsyth County Senior Center in Cumming and carried county residents.
The deadly accident that occurred on Highway 515 at the intersection of Whitestone Road, which is at the south end of Gilmer County between Talking Rock and Ellijay, shut down multiple lanes, according to a Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post at 11:19 a.m. Oct. 13.
“It was not a county vehicle or a county trip, but it did leave from the [Senior] Center at Charles Place,” said Jodi Gardner, spokeswoman for Forsyth County’s government, which runs the senior center at 595 Dahlonega Street.
Gardner said the bus loaded passengers at the center but did not know if that was the trip’s only pickup location.
“Some were seniors who participate in our offerings. There were no county staff on board,” she said.
Multiple news agencies reported there were 48 people on board when the bus crashed and 43 people were injured.
The husband of someone on board reportedly told WSB that the bus was on its way to a North Carolina casino and that the bus driver was killed. Everybody else reportedly sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Georgia State Patrol told multiple agencies that the truck driver was turning left onto Hwy. 515 south when it stopped for traffic with its back end in the northbound lanes, causing the bus driver to strike the back of the truck.
Gardner said the county sent a van to Gilmer County Thursday to provide transportation back to Forsyth for those who wanted and were able. Seven seniors were driven back.
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