12/5/2017 - Just before this morning, a Liberty County Public School bus crashed. It killed a 5-year-old girl, Cambria Shuman, and up to 21 children are in the hospital. Shuman was sitting in the front of the bus on the right side, the area that felt the worst impact. Emergency crews worked for about an hour to get the driver, 62-year-old Evelyn Rodriguez, out of the bus. The injured were transported to area hospitals, including Winn Army Community Hospital and Memorial Health University Hospital. The bus was taking them to Taylors Creek Elementary School and the Liberty County Pre-K Center.
The accident happened near Ray Road and Hwy. 196 in Liberty County near Gum Branch. It’s being reported that the bus left the road, went into a ditch, traveled about a hundred feet and hit a tree. It's not clear how fast the bus was going. There's no other information about how or why this happened. GSP Asst. Troop Commander Thornell King says the bus was equipped with cameras and that they will be examining those recordings to try to determine what happened.
The Liberty County School System issued a statement saying, "This morning a Liberty County school bus was involved in a single vehicle accident, which resulted in one student fatality. Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family in their time of grief. The remaining students and driver were transported to local hospitals. Grief counselors have been made available to all students and staff. The bus accident is currently under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. The Liberty County School System asks the community to join them in continued thoughts, prayers andsupport for all individuals affected by today’s accident."