MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Six people were hurt, including four children, when a school bus and a Chevrolet Suburban SUV collided Thursday afternoon in New Market.
The bus was carrying students from Walnut Grove School. The crash happened at 1785 Butler Road, just south of Joe Quick Road. Several HEMSI units responded.
Four of the six injured victims were taken to Huntsville Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Alabama State Troopers confirmed that three students riding the bus were hospitalized. Those students were treated and released Thursday night.
Troopers identified the driver of the Chevy Suburban as 30-year-old Jerry Suggs. Suggs was also taken to the emergency room, but was listed in good condition as of Thursday night. State troopers have yet to say what caused Suggs to crash his vehicle into the bus.
WHNT News 19 spoke with an eyewitness who saw the crash happen while he was standing in his yard.
“It was like a big bomb that went off when it hit, so hard,” said Gary Williams, whose daughter had gotten off the bus shortly before the crash. “I’m still shaken up from it… I [saw] a truck flying past the house… Slammed right into the back of the bus, and soon as that happened we walked down to see what happened.”
Another bus went to the scene to pick up the rest of the children and take them to their homes.