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Georgia Military College prep school bus in crash with train near Nantahala Outdoor Center

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The director of staff for Georgia Military College said six middle schoolers and two faculty members were taken to the hospital after a crash involving a train.

Dr. Jeannie Zipperer said a bus transporting GMC Prep School ninth grade boys to the Nantahala Outdoor Center was involved in a collision. There were 43 total passengers on the bus.

All six boys transported to the hospital for evaluation were later released. Two GMC Prep faculty members were also evaluated. One has been released and the other remains hospitalized at Mission Hospital.

North Carolina Highway Patrol said the train was moving at approximately 10 to 15 miles per hour.

The bus driver was charged with failure to yield to the right of way at the railroad crossing, troopers said.

Below is the full statement from Zipperer:

There has been a traffic accident involving one of our buses on a field trip transporting GMC Prep School’s 9th grade boys to Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. Six students were transported to two local hospitals for evaluation, all six have been released. Two GMC Prep faculty members are also being evaluated at a local hospital. GMC Prep Associate Vice Principal, Dr. Steve Greer, and other prep school faculty and staff members are with those who are injured and have been transported to a local hospital. All students are off of the bus and have been accounted for. GMC has contacted all of the parents of the evaluated students. We will continue to update you with more details.

North Carolina State Troopers were on scene collecting information and evidence near a railroad track just outside the check-in center for the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

On Wednesday,

Shannon Alisha Wiggins, Georgia Military College's Public Affairs Coordinator, released this updated statement:

This is a statement from GMC’s Director of Staff, Dr. Jeannie Zipperer. On, Tuesday, August 22 at 11:50 a.m. there was a traffic accident involving one of our buses on a field trip transporting GMC Prep School’s 9th grade boys to Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. Six students were transported to two local hospitals for evaluation, all six have been released. Two GMC Prep faculty members were also being evaluated at a local hospital, one has been released.

In total, there were 77 GMC Prep students on the trip with eight chaperones. There were 39 GMC Prep 9th grade boys involved on the bus crash with three male GMC employees. GMC Prep Associate Vice Principal, Dr. Steve Greer, and other prep school faculty and staff members accompanied those who were injured to the hospital. They are now with students and other staff members at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Another GMC bus was dispatched immediately to North Carolina to transport students back to campus later today. All students have been accounted for. GMC has contacted all of the parents of the evaluated students.

The bus driver was immediately removed from Georgia Military College’s driving schedule. The institution is conducting an investigation. We will continue to update you with more details. For information contact Dr. Zipperer at 478.387.4743 or email jezipperer@gmc.edu.

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