A collision with a school bus Monday afternoon on Highway 278 sends a woman to the hospital but leaves the 24 children on the bus uninjured.
According to Buddy Har-rison, director of social services for the Polk County School System, bus 21-06 was transporting children from Eastside Elementary School in Rockmart home when the driver stopped at the railroad tracks on Highway 278 near the Bo Jangles restaurant. Stop-ping at all crossings is stan-dard protocol for school bus drivers.
“The driver of the car apparently lost concentra-tion or wasn’t paying atten-tion and hit the back of the bus,” Harrison said.
The woman, who remains unidentified, was taken by ambulance to Floyd Medi-cal Center in Rome.
The children were trans-ferred to another bus with Eastside Principal Mark Lumpkin and other school officials on hand to oversee the transfer.