A driver disregarded a red traffic light at the intersection of City Boulevard and Central Avenue Wednesday morning, causing a minor three-vehicle collision that involved a Ware County school bus, said Waycross Police Capt. Tommy Cox.
No one was injured, said Cox. There were three children on the bus when the 6:30 a.m. accident occurred, he said.
Driving a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, Jenine Faley, 30, of Waycross, was headed north on City Boulevard approaching the Central Avenue intersection. Faley ran the red light and charged into the school bus driven by Tammie Nuss, 48, as it was headed west on Central Avenue.
Because of rain-slickened roads, a vehicle trailing behind the bus, a 2004 Nissan Altima driven by Zara Cooper, 23, struck the rear of the bus, said Cox, as Cooper was unable to avert a collision when the bus was stopped suddenly.
Three children on the bus, ages 4, 6 and 6, were not injured, Cox said.
Faley was charged with a red light violation, Cox said.
Officer Charles “Chuck” Brown investigated the collision.
Joe Meadows, director of transportation for the Ware County Board of Education, dispatched another bus to deliver the students to school, said a school spokesman.
Meadows praised the bus driver’s quick response, saying that Nuss went “above and beyond, checking on the students to ensure they were not injured.”
The bus, which sustained minimal damage, was driven back to the district’s bus barn, and the bus driver willingly submitted to routine drug testing, which is standard procedure for the Ware County School System, the spokesman said.