Trucking company issues statement regarding fatal Lowndes bus wreck

| August 30, 2016



VALDOSTA – An Illinois-based trucking company has issued a statement following a deadly crash involving one of their trucks and a Lowndes County school bus on Interstate 75 Monday afternoon.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., a 2005 Freightliner tractor-trailer, driven by Michael Scarpaci, 58, of Lockport, Illinois and owned by CR Transport, Inc. of Joliet, Illinois, was traveling south on I-75 carrying an over-sized load of metal beams.

The metal beams of the tractor trailer, along with the trailer, collided with the rear driver’s side of Lowndes County School Bus #0908, which was transporting approximately 30 students from Lowndes High School to Lowndes Middle School, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

A video recorded by someone at the scene and uploaded to Facebook appears to show Scarpaci explain what may have led to the crash.

“I drifted,” Scarpaci said. “I was trying to catch what was falling down. I looked up and drifted.”

Thirteen children were transported by ambulance to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. An additional six children were transported by private vehicles to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment.

Rebecca Hall, 15, of Valdosta later died at SGMC as the result of her injuries.

CR Transport of Joliet, Illinois has issued the following statement regarding the incident:

We at CR Transport are heartbroken and we extend our deepest sympathies to all who have been impacted by the horrible accident yesterday on I-75 involving a school bus transporting Lowndes High School students. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Hall’s family, the children who were injured and their families, and the entire Lowndes County community. We are very thankful for the first responders for their incredible work and for everyone else who provided aid and comfort at the scene of the accident. We are and will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities in their investigation. We will not be issuing any further public comment until the investigation is completed.

With heavy hearts we remain sincerely yours,

CR Transport, Inc.

The GSP Specialized Reconstruction Team is investigating the incident. Both drivers have consented to drug and alcohol testing, but investigators do not believe they were factors in the incident. Charges will be pending until the investigation is complete.

Click here to read more details from the Georgia State Patrol.


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4 Comments on "Trucking company issues statement regarding fatal Lowndes bus wreck"

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  1. a concerned grandma says:

    I hope and pray that the driver was not on the phone or texting when he hit the bus. If he was I hope he is held accountable for this tragic accident.

    • Mis.J says:

      From what I was told he dropped some item and reached over to pick it up then drifted into the lane of bus

  2. Mia.J says:

    Distracted driving is just that! Distracted driving !!! whether it be cell phone, rambunctious kids , or reaching to get a fallen item , this is a tragic accident and my heart goes out to all involved, also our first responders were on top of their game , thank you to all who had to clean this mess up especially ms.Halls family my heart breaks for you and the enormous loss of your darling daughter Jessica

  3. lowndes bus driver says:

    My heart go out to everyone involved but from the way things are being explained that guy had to be sleep there’s no way around that (after impact he pushed them for a few seconds which indacated he was not aware of the impact shortly after the bus driver was able to gain control of the bus) just my opinion