PICKENS COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The driver of a Pickens County School bus involved in an accident with an SUV has died.
Jamie Chapman, Superintendent of Pickens County Schools, identified the driver as Sharon Hood. He announced her passing in a statement posted on the districts' Facebook account.
The statement said the following:
The wreck occurred near Ethelsville on County Road 30 and County Road 35 around 3:40 p.m. on Friday, according to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesperson Reginal King.
Karla Owen, who is listed as a teacher at Reform Elementary School, says the students on the bus attend Reform Elementary School and Pickens County High School.
Fourteen students were on the bus along with the driver. Only the driver was in the SUV and King says all 16 people have been transported to hospitals.
King says injuries range from minor to serious. Emergency responders from Alabama and eastern Mississippi helped the injured.
The victims were taken to hospitals in Columbus, Miss., Carrollton and Birmingham.