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UPDATE: Drunk driver slams into school bus

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) - UPDATE: No one was injured after police say a drunk driver slammed in to the back of a school bus in Dalton Friday morning.

There were two students on board at the time. The bus had just started its route picking up special needs students from Dalton Middle School.

According to Dalton Police, the First Student school bus was traveling westbound on the Waugh Street bridge just before 7 a.m when it was rear-ended by a pick-up truck driven by William Hughes, 61, of Dalton.

Police say the 61-year-old was drunk when he struck the bus near the bottom of the hill.

Everyone was O.K., including the bus driver and assistant. Dalton Public Schools said another bus picked up the students, who made it to school just fine.

Hughes was also uninjured and taken to the Whitfield County Jail. He is charged with DUI and driving too fast for conditions. Bond is set at $2,648.


The thought of a drunk driver hitting a school bus hits close to home for many parents and grandparents like Richard Lankford.


"They're more likely to kill somebody," Lankford said of drunk drivers.

"I wouldn't want people to get hurt, especially my family, or anybody!" the grandfather of five exclaimed.

According to Whitfield County criminal records, it's been years since Hughes was convicted of a DUI. Court records show he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor DUI in 1992 and was sentenced to a year of probation and 40 hours community service.

DPS reports the bus involved in the crash has minimal damage and is still drivable, but a damage cost estimate is still pending.

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The First Student school bus was on Waugh Street in Dalton traveling westbound on the Waugh Street bridge when a truck driven by William Hughes, 61, slammed into the bus.

Hughes' pickup truck came over the bridge and struck the bus from behind. He has been arrested on a charge of DUI after the crash.

No injuries were reported, but there were two students aboard the bus along with two First Student employees.
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