What began as a fun morning and an hour-long drive from Birmingham was halted abruptly after two school buses carrying Ramsay High School students collided on McClellan Boulevard near Baltzell Gate Road.
Five students and one adult, a bus driver, were taken to Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, Anniston police Sgt. Michael Webb said.
The students were on their way to a girls basketball game against Center Point this morning in the Northeast Regional tournament in Jacksonville.
Webb said the first bus was in the left hand lane and started to slow down for the changing stop light.
“The second one was in the right lane and was trying to get over into the left lane,” Webb said. “The driver was looking to see if she could get over and didn’t see the other bus slowing down.”
Desmond Heath, a senior at the school, said he was on the first bus.
“We were just riding along and slowing down at the light, then bam,” he said. “They just hit us.”
Ramsay High School bus crash in Anniston
Two Birmingham buses carrying students from Ramsay High School collided in Anniston as they headed to a girls basketball game in the Northeast Regional tournament in Jacksonville. Five students and one bus driver were taken to Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
Heath said students on the first bus lurched forward hitting the seat back in front of them.
“It was just crazy,” he said. “It makes me kind of nervous to be riding on another one.”
A school administrator at the scene declined to comment on the incident.
“It’s just our policy we have to go through higher ups,” he said.
The wreck, which occurred around 9 a.m., forced traffic onto the right shoulder of the northbound lanes of McClellan Boulevard for more than an hour as police, firefighters and EMS personnel worked.
Randy Reaves, Calhoun County Schools’ safety and security director, arrived at the scene and called for two of his district’s buses to pick up the students. Uninjured students were taken from the scene around 9:45 a.m.
“Two Birmingham buses are headed this way right now to pick up the students after the game,” Webb said.
Two school busses, not local, involved in wreck near Baltzell Gate Road. Birmingham PD escorting busses, likely headed to basketball tournament in Jacksonville pic.twitter.com/VvjdJnNJ6T— Kirsten Fiscus (@KFiscus_Star) February 16, 2018
Students appear to be from Ramsay High School a magnet high school in Birmingham— Kirsten Fiscus (@KFiscus_Star) February 16, 2018
It appears the school busses collided, will confirm with Anniston accident investigator as soon as he has time. Multiple ambulances on scene, a couple people put on them, adults and students.— Kirsten Fiscus (@KFiscus_Star) February 16, 2018
Anniston police Sgt. Michael Webb confirms two buses from Ramsay High School collided. Five students, one bus driver taken to RMC with minor injuries, he said
— Kirsten Fiscus (@KFiscus_Star) February 16, 2018
Calhoun County School Buses have arrived to take the rest of the students to JSU for the game pic.twitter.com/7sb44J4pUf— Kirsten Fiscus (@KFiscus_Star) February 16, 2018