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No major injuries in wreck with school bus

Posted: February 21, 2012 - 3:48pm  |  Updated: February 21, 2012 - 5:50pm
Emergency responders help Henry Morgan Brown, 71, of Evans, out of his Chevrolet truck Tuesday after his vehicle was struck by a Columbia County school bus, driven by Carlotta Leverette, 51, of Harlem, according to Georgia State Patrol Corp. Chris Wright. Leverette, who ran a red light at the intersection of William Few Parkway and Columbia Road, was cited with failing to stop at a red light, Wright said. No students were on the bus.  Jenna Martin
Jenna Martin
Emergency responders help Henry Morgan Brown, 71, of Evans, out of his Chevrolet truck Tuesday after his vehicle was struck by a Columbia County school bus, driven by Carlotta Leverette, 51, of Harlem, according to Georgia State Patrol Corp. Chris Wright. Leverette, who ran a red light at the intersection of William Few Parkway and Columbia Road, was cited with failing to stop at a red light, Wright said. No students were on the bus.

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Traffic was snarled but there were no serious injuries Tuesday afternoon when a Columbia County school bus and a pickup truck collided on Columbia Road at William Few Parkway.

No students were on board the bus at the time of the crash.

The bus was traveling east on Columbia Road shortly after 2 p.m. when the driver, Carlotta Leverette, 51, of Harlem, reached down to silence a ringing cell phone and ran the red light at William Few Parkway, said Georgia State Patrol Corp. Chris Wright.

The bus struck the side of a Chevy pickup being driven by Henry Morgan Brown, 71, of Evans, Wright said.

Brown received minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital by private vehicle to be checked, Wright said.

Leverette, who was not hurt, was cited for failing to stop at a red light.

Georgia law prohibits school bus drivers from talking or texting on a cell phone while at work. However, school system Transportation Director Dewayne Porter said the law doesn't specifically mention silencing cell phones.

"Obviously, she was distracted ... no matter what she was doing," Porter said. "Regardless, we don't like that."

Porter said he won't know what punishments Leveretet might face until he speaks with her.

 

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