A 5-year-old girl was killed and 22 others injured in Georgia on Tuesday when a school bus crashed into a tree, authorities said.
The bus was on its morning pick-up route in Liberty County five miles from Glennville, when it crashed at around 7 am, Lt. Thornell King of the Georgia State Patrol told FOX 28.
"We do not know why, suddenly, the bus left the road." King said.
The GSP said that "the charges are pending" in the accident, which did not involve other vehicles and occurred near the extensive Fort Stewart Army post, located approximately 50 miles southwest of Savannah.
The agency said in a news release the bus driver had lost control, was diverted into a ditch and crashed into a tree. The impact caused the roof of the bus to collapse on young passengers.
The driver, a 62-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital, like all other children, King told FOX 28.
The only victim who died in the accident was identified as Cambria Shuman, 5 , FOX 28.
Mike Hodges, director of public safety for Liberty County, told The Associated Press that the driver had been trapped inside the bus and was hospitalized after the emergency services were released. she.
Hodges said roads had been overcast in the area early Tuesday, but authorities reiterated that it was too early to know if weather played a role in the accident. The bus was equipped with surveillance cameras that will be analyzed to discover the cause of the accident, according to King.
The Liberty County School System said in a press release that their thoughts and prayers are with the student's family, and that pain counselors have made themselves available to all students and staff.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.