EATONTON, Ga. — A Putnam County school bus and pickup truck collided near Putnam General Hospital in Eatonton Friday morning, but no one was seriously injured, local authorities say.
There were no children on the bus at the time of the collision.
The wreck, which happened near the intersection of the Greensboro Highway and Poplar Drive shortly before 8 a.m., slightly injured the bus driver, as well as the driver of the pickup truck and a passenger, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard R. Sills.
A deputy was investigating another wreck, about 50 yards farther south, when the mishap involving the school bus and pickup truck happened.
“That vehicle just ran off the road and hit a light pole,” Sills said.
He said no one was injured in that wreck.
The sheriff said the bus was driven by Gwendolyn Wright, 57, of Greensboro, while the 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck was driven by David Ryan Aaron, 20, of Eatonton. The passenger in the pickup truck, meanwhile, was identified as William Goodman, 20, also of Eatonton.
The driver of the pickup truck and his passenger complained of injuries at the scene, Sills said.
They were both treated at the scene by firefighters/first responders from Eatonton Fire Rescue and personnel with the Putnam County Emergency Medical Services.
Wright also was checked at the scene for injuries.
It was not known whether any of those injured went to the local hospital for further medical treatment.
Aaron was traveling northbound along the Greensboro Highway, while the school bus was traveling southbound on the same highway at the time, Sills told The Union-Recorder in a telephone interview Friday afternoon. The bus driver was making a left turn onto Poplar Drive and failed to yield right-of-way to the driver of the pickup truck.
Charges are pending in the bus-truck collision, which was investigated by Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sgt. Justin Brock.