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Car hits Forsyth County school bus; driver, teen injured
Bus was not loaded, minor injuries suffered

CUMMING – A teenage driver and the driver of a district school bus from Forsyth County were injured Wednesday morning when their vehicles collided in Cumming.

The bus, which had already dropped off students, was heading north on Dahlonega Highway (Hwy. 9) about 8:15 a.m. August 31 when a Saab sedan reportedly pulled in front of it as it turned left onto the highway from Pirklewood Circle, according to Deputy Chief Aletha Barrett, spokeswoman for the Cumming Police Department.

A citation for failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign was issued to the 17-year-old driver of the car.

Both she and the bus driver, a 37-year-old female, suffered minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

“In lieu of parents being available” to pick the teenage driver up, taking her to the hospital “was the best choice,” Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers said.

She was reportedly alert and oriented after the incident.

A passenger in the car, a 16-year-old female, reportedly complained of minor injuries but did not want to go to a hospital.

Shivers said she was released to her parents on scene, who Barrett said took her to Northside.

Both teens were reportedly on their way to Forsyth Central High School.

The car suffered “significant front end damage.”

The bus did sustain minor bumper damage but was able to be driven away by someone with the Forsyth County Schools Transportation Department.

The bus had just dropped students off at Central, said Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the school system.

Hwy. 9 was shut down for about five minutes as crews moved the car, which was not drivable, Barrett said, before opening to one lane of traffic for another 25 minutes.