On Tuesday, January 4, 2011, a truck driver collided with a school bus in Cherokee County, Georgia. Police say the accident occurred near Hightower and Lovelace Lane near Canton.
Richie McKnight, the truck driver, was on his way to deliver 27 tons of trash to a landfill, when he came up over a hill to find a school bus sitting in the middle of the road. He said he was traveling nearly 55 mph and knew a collision was unavoidable.
McKnight swerved to avoid the part of the bus where the kids were sitting, and pointed his truck towards the engine of the bus. He made an evasive maneuver and put his own life in danger in hopes of saving the children's lives. Police say that his actions did prevent loss of life, and that's why some are calling McKnight a hero.
The crash caused McKnight's tractor-trailer to continue down a steep ravine into trees. The truck driver was knocked unconscious for a moment and was found pinned under the dash of the mangled truck. Emergency crews had to cut McKnight out of the semi, and were amazed that he made it out of this Georgia truck and bus accident alive. McKnight did sustain serious injuries to his legs, feet, head, and back. Unfortunately, his truck was demolished in this crash, and he will be unable to work until he heals and receives another semi.
The bus driver was identified as Lisa Spince, who is being treated at an area hospital for her injuries. Georgia State Patrol has charges pending against her for the crash, and she will not be able to drive students until the investigation is complete.
Four of the six children on the bus were treated for minor injuries.
We send our thoughts to all the victims involved in this Georgia crash, and wish everyone a full and speedy recovery.