GSP releases names of bus crash victims, discusses length of investigation

| September 1, 2016


VALDOSTA – Responding to several media requests for the names of students injured in a fatal crash involving a Lowndes County School bus, the Georgia State Patrol released a statement including the students’ names and information concerning the possible length of the investigation.

On Monday afternoon, a bus transporting students from Lowndes High School to Lowndes Middle School was struck by a tractor-trailer carrying metal beams on Interstate 75.

Thirteen students were transported by ambulance to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment. One student, 15-year-old Rebecca Hall, died at the hospital as a result of her injuries.

Eight additional students were transported to SGMC for treatment by private vehicles, according to GSP.

Five students were either not transported or were taken to another medical facility with complaints of injury, according to GSP.

Three students were reported as not injured.

*Editor’s Note: While information in crash reports is a matter of public record, has decided not to publish the names of the other children involved in the crash. However, an interview with a student seriously injured in the wreck can be found here.

The ages of the students ranged from 13 to 18, reports stated.

The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team expects their investigation of the crash to take months.

“Their investigation tend to be extremely detailed and thorough,” said GSP Cpl. Chris Kelch. “Their investigations tend to take a few months to complete and are normally around 500 pages of information on the crash.”


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