Groups chartering buses to take them to casinos are a regular occurrence. Sadly, one such bus was involved in an accident yesterday that left one person dead and several others injured.
A charter bus that was bound for a North Carolina casino collided with a truck on a Georgia highway Thursday. Of the 48 passengers on board, the bus driver was killed and more than three dozen of the passengers were injured.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, none of the injuries seemed to be life-threatening.
The bus driver was identified as Richard Rees, 66, of Marietta, Georgia.
The crash happened at about 11:45 a.m. when the bus struck the back of the rig on Highway 515. The bus was just south of the Chattahoochie National Forest.
The driver of the truck, 56-year-old Charles Howard of Concord, North Carolina, had been headed west on Whitestone Road. He crossed the northbound lanes of the highway and was trying to make a left turn into the southbound lanes. This is when the bus struck the rear end of his truck.
Emergency crews removed 43 injured passengers from the bus.
The bus belongs to Marietta-based Greatime Getaways and was headed to Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino.
Georgia authorities are still conducting their investigation. They made a statement that charges may be pending depending on the outcome of that investigation.
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