Pell City school bus involved in wreck; 3 injured
by DAVID ATCHISON
Three people were injured in a Friday morning crash along Alabama 144 that involved a Pell City school system school bus.
RAGLAND – A Pell City student and two adult drivers were injured when a school bus and car collided along an icy bridge on Alabama 144 Friday morning.

The accident happened shortly before 9 a.m. Friday on Alabama 144, west of Center Star Road.

“Both drivers were taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham,” said Alabama State Trooper Public Information Officer Charles Dysart. “The 7-year-old pupil was transported to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for non-life threatening injuries.”

The driver of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala was identified as Paul Hooks, 26, and the bus driver as Carolyn Pennington, 59, of Pell City.

University Hospital spokesman Bob Shepard said Friday afternoon that Hooks remained in the emergency department where his condition was being evaluated.

Shepard said Hooks is in stable condition and will be admitted to the hospital.

Bobby Hathcock, superintendent of Pell City schools, and Michael Barber, the assistant superintendent of Pell City schools, were at the accident scene Friday morning talking with authorities.

Friday afternoon, Hathcock said the school system’s bus driver was treated and released from University Hospital in Birmingham.

He said the student was still at Children’s Hospital, but her injuries were not life-threatening.

“She’s going to be okay,” he said.

Barber said the student was released from the Children’s Hospital late Friday.

Hathcock said there were eight students on the bus at the time of the accident.

Dysart said seven of the students were not injured and were transported from the scene by a school van.

The accident is still under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers, Birmingham Post.

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