One student killed, 20 injured in school bus crash


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — A Dawson County teenager was killed this morning and 20 students injured when a passenger car ran head-on into a Hall County school bus on Thompson Bridge Road in Hall County.

The deceased student has been identified as Summer Faith Anderson, 13, a seventh-grader at Dawson County Middle School who was in the passenger car. An unidentified fifth-grader at Kilough Elementary School was also injured and transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Multiple injuries were reported to the passengers on the school bus which was transporting students to Mount Vernon Elementary. They were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

The accident occurred on Thompson Bridge Road near Yellow Creek Road.

Georgia State Patrol is investigating. No other details are available at this time. Fetch Your News will provide further details when they become available.

In a formal statement to parent, guardians and staff, School Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs said: “I am writing with great sadness to inform you that one of our students, Summer Anderson, was in an automobile accident this morning and has passed away. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Summer’s family and friends.

“Members of our Crisis Response Team are available to meet with students individually and in groups today as well as over the coming days and weeks. Please contact the school office if you feel your child is in need of additional assistance; we have a list of school and community mental health resources.”



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Dawson Co. Students Return to Classrooms This Week


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County students will return to the classroom on Friday.

But first, there is Open House for parents and students at all school levels. Open House at the elementary schools will begin Tuesday at 3 p.m. Open House at Dawson County Middle School will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and junior high and high school Open House will run from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Each new school year brings changes and this year is no exception. For example, Dawson County Middle School, formerly Riverview Middle School, will be the only middle school. School officials say more than 500 sixth-and seventh-grade students are expected to attend.

Eighth graders will now attend the new Dawson County Junior High, formerly Dawson County Middle School.

Hours of operation will change slightly this year also. Elementary and middle school classes will begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. Dawson County Junior High School will begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. while high school students will start at 7:40 a.m. and be dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

There will also be a new 1,000-seat, $13 million Performing Arts Center at Dawson County High School to house art, drama, chorus and band. Financing will come from the 2015 voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

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