By: Rob Moore
(CLEVELAND) – The Georgia State Patrol reports the driver whose vehicle struck a White County school bus Thursday morning ran a red light.
Trooper Atwood said 59-year-old Janice Stewart of Cleveland was cited for running the red light on Georgia Highway 115 at Duncan Bridge Road.
Stewart’s 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser was traveling east toward Habersham County on Highway 115 and struck the passenger side of a 1996 Bluebird school bus. That bus, owned by the White County Board of Education and driven by 68-year-old Charles Newberry of Cornelia, was traveling south on Duncan Bridge Road toward Habersham County.
Stewart, who suffered a neck injury according to Atwood, was trapped in her car and had to be cut free by White County Fire Services personnel. She was taken by ambulance for treatment.
Newberry also suffered a neck injury and was taken by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment.
Cleveland Fire Department also responded to assist.
The accident happened about 8:30 Thursday morning and blocked the southbound lane of Duncan Bridge Road for more than an hour.