Pell City school bus crash

Pell City school bus crash

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A Pell City school bus crashed Friday morning on Highway 144 (photo source Frank Prusha ) A Pell City school bus crashed Friday morning on Highway 144 (photo source Frank Prusha )
The school bus was extremely damaged in the accident. (Photo: Josh Childers) The school bus was extremely damaged in the accident. (Photo: Josh Childers)
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The damage along the bus shows the power of the impact. (Photo: Josh Childers) The damage along the bus shows the power of the impact. (Photo: Josh Childers)
PELL CITY, AL (WBRC) -

A Pell City school bus was involved in a crash Friday morning.

Witnesses tell FOX6 News the bus was involved in a crash with a car and a trash truck on Highway 144 at Center Star Road between Pell City and Ragland. It happened around 9:45 a.m.

A witness to the accident, Josh Childers of Odenville, says he saw a white vehicle that he believed to be a Chevy Impala or Malibu lose control as it approached the Morgan Bridge. Childers says he saw the white car turn sideways before colliding with the school bus. The angle of the impact caused the bus to go up and over the car.

Eight students, ranging from first to fifth grade, from Walter Kennedy Elementary School, were on board at the time of the crash, Pell City School Superintendent Bobby Hathcock said.

One student and the bus driver were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 7-year-old student suffered a cut to the forehead, possibly from glass in the bus window. The student was taken to Children's of Alabama Hospital for treatment.

The bus driver suffered brusing on both of her legs. She was taken to UAB Hospital and has been released.

Childers says the driver of the white car suffered the brunt of the injuries. He believes that the driver suffered at least one broken leg and was screaming in pain after the accident. State troopers say the driver was also taken to UAB Hospital for treatment.

The rest of the students on board the bus were uninjured and were picked up from the scene by a school van.

One witness told FOX6 News the crash happened near an icy bridge. He said it appeared to first responders the car and bus collided and the trash truck turned to avoid hitting the bus and crashed.

The cause of the crash was not known, but schools in Pell City and St. Clair County opened two hours late Friday due to icy roads.

State troopers say the crash is still under investigation.

Stay with FOX6 News and MyFoxAL.com for information on this developing story.

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