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6 Georgia school buses crash; dozens hurt

COVINGTON, Ga. -- A chain reaction crash Saturday involved six school buses full of children heading for a Six Flags amusement park outside Atlanta, officials said.

The 11 a.m. crash on Interstate 20 trapped the driver of one bus from Burke County Middle School in Waynesboro. After emergency crews cut her from the wreckage, Angela Anthony, 44, from Midville, Ga., was airlfited to an Atlanta-area hospital, Lt. Tyrone Oliver, Newton County Sheriff spokesman, told NBC station WXIA of Atlanta.

Sixty-one students were treated at Newton County Medical Center for minor injuries, WXIA said.  All were expected to be sent home by the end of the day.

“At mile marker 98, just west of the Georgia Highway 11 exit, traffic began slowing for a lane closure about a half mile ahead,” Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “As the buses slowed, one bus struck the rear of another, setting off a chain-reaction crash. The passenger car was the last vehicle in the line and struck the rear of the sixth bus.”

A Burke County school official told The Associated Press that the children suffered nothing more than a few bruises and scrapes.

At one point, all westbound lanes and one eastbound lane were closed. They have since reopened.

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