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Bus, van hit head on
No children on board; driver injured
WEB bus wreck 9-15 jd
The wreck between the child care center bus and the satellite television installation van was nearly a direct head-on.

A day care bus driver was hospitalized Monday following a near head-on collision with a van in north Forsyth.

There were no children on the bus when the wreck occurred about 2:45 p.m. at Dahlonega Highway and Hopewell Road.

Capt. Frank Huggins of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said the driver of the van, 38-year-old Richard McFadden of Duluth, was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.

Huggins said McFadden was traveling west on Hopewell Road in a 2008 Ford E250 service van when he reportedly ran a stop sign.

The van then collided "nearly head on" with a Discovery Point Child Development Center bus driven by 39-year-old Melissa Ann Kemp of Cumming.

Kemp was traveling north on Dahlonega Highway. She was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, said Huggins, who did not know the extent of her injuries.

A spokesman for the hospital in Cumming said Tuesday that Kemp had been treated and released.

The bus she was driving was from the Discovery Point on Matt Highway, where officials declined Tuesday to comment on the incident.

McFadden was not injured in the wreck. The van was from a satellite television provider.

Huggins said both drivers were wearing seat belts.

"The use of their safety equipment and deployment of air bags prevented the injuries from being more serious than they were," Huggins said.

As a result of the wreck, McFadden's van caught fire, which firefighters from Forsyth County Station 12 quickly put out.

The intersection was closed for about an hour after the wreck.