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No kids hurt in wreck
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Oct 17, 2012 | 1155 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A van from Children’s Friend Learning Center carrying seven students was involved in an accident last week at the intersection of Morton Road and Highway 18 East and overturned after being hit in the side by a pickup truck. No serious injuries were reported with the students or the drivers of the vehicles.
A van from Children’s Friend Learning Center carrying seven students was involved in an accident last week at the intersection of Morton Road and Highway 18 East and overturned after being hit in the side by a pickup truck. No serious injuries were reported with the students or the drivers of the vehicles.
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The broadcast of an overturned school bus just before 8 a.m. Oct. 10 brought most of Jones County’s fire and rescue volunteers and law enforcement officers to the scene.

Upon arrival to the intersection of Highway 18 East and Morton Road, the school bus turned out to be a van belonging to Children’s Friend Learning Center, and the best news was no serious injuries were sustained by the seven children in the van nor the three drivers involved.

The yellow van looks like a short school bus, and it was overturned on a Ford Explorer, driven by Rachel Williams. The Explorer was stopped at the south side stop sign on Morton Road when the accident occurred.

According to a report of the accident by Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chance Rogers, the van driven by Anitra Alexander was on the north side of Morton Road and pulled in front of a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Thomas Adkisson. The pickup truck struck the side of the van, causing it to tip over onto the Explorer.

The accident report indicates Alexander was cited for failure to yield right away.

Jones County’s Assistant Emergency Management Director Bill Wright was one of the first to arrive on the scene following the collision. He credited the use of seat belts in the van for the lack of serious injuries. He said every child was in a seat belt.

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