A Floyd County School bus and a 2004 Buick LaSabre collided in a head-on crash in the 2400 block of Calhoun Road on Wednesday afternoon just after 3 p.m. According to Trooper Bowden with Georgia State Patrol, the Buick, driven by Mandy Coast, age 33 of Rome, was traveling north on Calhoun Road when she failed to maintain her lane crossing into southbound lane. She over-corrected crossing back over the northbound lane nearly going off the road and then over-correcting again going into southbound land hitting the bus head-on. The bus was driven by Joyce Phillips, age 63.
Bowden says seven children on the bus were transported by EMS to the hospital and nine other students were transported by their parents. Coast and the two children in her vehicle were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Coast did suffer from broken bones, but nothing life-threatening.
Coast is charged with DUI (Driving Under Influence) of Drugs, failure to maintain lane and two counts of endangering a child under the age of 14 while DUI. She remains in the hospital tonight for treatment.
Floyd County Police, Georgia State Patrol and emergency crews are on scene of a head-on crash in the 2400 block of Calhoun Road involving a Floyd County Schools bus and a vehicle. Floyd Police report several injuries involved on both bus and in the vehicle. The crash happened around 3:10 p.m. As of 5:15 p.m., one lane of Calhoun Road is open for traffic. GSP is investigating the crash.
4:15 pm. update: Floyd County Schools report an accident on Calhoun Road involving a school bus with minor injuries. Other Model area buses are running behind due to some traffic issues.No more information is available at this time.
Floyd Medical Center officials say they do not yet know how many injured are coming to the hospital, but are deferring all comments to Floyd County Schools.
We will have continuing updates when available.