Driver of car hurt as vehicle rams back of school bus in Colbert County

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Nearly a dozen students escaped serious injury after a car plowed into the back of a Colbert County school bus Tuesday morning.

The wreck happened just before 7:30, as two kids were getting onto the bus during a stop.

Dazed by a collision as they sat on a school bus, Brick Hatton Elementary School students watched as rescue workers freed a woman from her car pinned underneath.

“It’s just scary,” said Anthony Olivis, the Colbert County Schools Superintendent. “You hear about an accident and you’re thinking, I hope that’s not my child, I hope that’s not my child’s bus or I hope that’s not my child’s school.”

Emergency workers said the school bus was stopped at Jasper Hollow Road to pick up two students, when the car driven by 70-year-old Olivia Garcia smashed into the back of the bus.

Both vehicles were traveling east on River Road and into the morning sun.

“You would think with all the flashers and then the bright yellow that the bus is, a bus would be easily seen. But on a morning like this, I think the sun was probably a contributing factor,” explained Olivis.

State Troopers say only one child received minor injuries, and her parents too her to the doctor to be checked out.

It’s a situation Superintendent Olivis is always fearful of. “You constantly worry about even those kids who have to cross the road in front of the bus. Are the other drivers paying attention?”

Olivia Garcia was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

She was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital and at last report was listed in good condition.

State Troopers continue to investigate the crash, and have not released an official cause at this time.

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