No one was injured when a Dawson County school bus ran off of the road on the afternoon of Monday, March 4.
The bus driver was attempting to pull over at Afton Road and Amicalola Church Road when she passed out, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The school bus then ran into a ditch and struck some trees before coming to rest.
Fourteen students were on the bus at the time. The driver, Beverly Gaydon, 49, was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth with complications from a virus. Her name has not been released.
According to School Superintendent Keith Porter, the students were from Blacks Mill Elementary School. They were all released to their parents following the accident.
The driver was treated and released from the hospital last night, Porter said. Drivers have to pass a medical exam every year in order to be released to drive a bus, and she had completed all of those tests.
Porter was not sure how long she had been a driver with the school system.
The bus was drivable, he continued. It appears to have minor damage, so its been taken back to the bus shop.
We are very thankful that the children and bus driver are safe and well, Porter said.