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Wreck involving bus sends four RHHS students to hospital
Update: One victim flown by helicopter to Savannah
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A car carrying four Richmond Hill High School students was hit by a school bus Tuesday afternoon on Harris Trail at the Timber Trail Intersection, sending all four students to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah. One student was flown by helicopter while the other three were taken by Bryan County Emergency Services. The students had to be extricated from the car by the Richmond Hill Fire Department. Richmond Hill Police also responded to the accident, which occurred around 3 p.m. after the driver of the car apparently turned left in front of the oncoming bus. The victims names and their conditions have not been released. - photo by Jeff Whitte

The Richmond Hill Police and the Georgia State Patrol are investigating a Tuesday afternoon wreck that involved a school bus.

According to RH Police Chief Billy Reynolds, four teenagers riding in a Toyota sedan were taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah -- including one who was flown by helicopter -- after their car was struck by a school bus near RHHS around 3 p.m. Three of the victims were sisters, and the fourth passenger was the girls’ female cousin. All are RHHS students.

Richmond Hill Fire Chief Ralph Catlett said his department got a call about the wreck around 3 p.m. Emergency workers had to remove the car’s roof so the passengers could be extricated. Three of the passengers were taken to Memorial by Bryan County EMS, according to EMS Chief Freddy Howell.

Forty-five students were on the bus and two complained of neck injuries. They were treated at the scene and released to their parents. A statement from Bryan County Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Brooksher said the accident is under investigation.

“Our thoughts are with all those involved and we will provide updates as information becomes available,” Brooksher said. 

According to authorities, the bus carrying Richmond Hill Middle school students was on Harris Trail and approaching the intersection when the driver of the car attempted to turn left onto Timber Trail in front of it.

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The Bryan County News will provide updates on this story as more details become available. 

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