Bus Crash

Two Ramsay High School buses from Birmingham collided while on their way to the Northeast Regional tournament in Jacksonville. Kirsten Fiscus/ The Anniston Star

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.”

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.

 

​Staff writer Kirsten Fiscus: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @kfiscus_star.

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