5-year-old girl killed, 22 children injured after school bus crashes into tree

Girl killed in school bus crash outside Savannah

HINESVILLE - (UPDATE 1 p.m.) A Georgia state trooper says video shows a school bus driver struggling with the gear shift right before the bus crashed into a tree, killing a 5-year-old girl and injuring other children.

Lt. Thornell King of the Georgia State Patrol told The Associated Press it's too soon to know whether the 62-year-old bus driver will be charged in the Tuesday morning crash in Liberty County.

That's about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Savannah.

King said video from the bus's onboard security camera shows the driver trying to bring the bus under control. He said it's possible something malfunctioned.

King identified the girl who died as 5-year-old Cambria Shuman.

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Authorities say a 5-year-old girl is dead after a school bus left the road and smashed into a tree while carrying children to school in Georgia.
    
The Georgia State Patrol said in a news release that "charges are pending" in the deadly crash Tuesday morning in Liberty County, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Savannah. It said the bus driver and 22 children who were passengers suffered injuries.
    
Liberty County Public Safety Director Mike Hodges said the driver had the most serious injuries. He said his understanding was that the injured children had "bumps and scrapes and lacerations."
    
The State Patrol said the bus driver lost control, drove into a ditch and slammed into a tree. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

© 2017 Associated Press


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