A 5-year-old girl was killed in a school bus accident that also injured several others on Tuesday in South Georgia.
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The State of Georgia The patrol responded to the collision of a single vehicle at about 7:15 a.m. in Ga. 196 and Ray Road in Liberty County, according to the agency.
A Liberty County school bus was traveling east on Ray Road when the driver lost control, ran off the road and into a ditch, hitting a tree, the GSP said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal -Constitution.
"At the time of the impact, the roof of the bus collapsed on the occupants," the GSP said.
There were 22 children on the bus with multiple injuries. They were taken to the Liberty Regional Medical Center and the Winn Army Community Hospital, the GSP said.
Bus driver Evelyn Rodriguez, 62, of Hinesville, was caught in the accident and was later released. She was taken to Memorial Health in Savannah.
The child killed in the accident was a student of the Liberty County School System, depending on the district.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family in their time of grief," said the academic director, Patti Crane, in a statement to AJC.
The school system asks the community to keep those affected by the child's death in their thoughts and prayers.
Bereavement counselors are available to students and staff, the district reported.
The area of the accident, about 50 miles southwest of Savannah, is approximately 235 miles southeast of Atlanta.
Just before Thanksgiving last year, six children were killed in a school bus crash in Chattanooga.