Students treated following wreck

Several students ended up in the hospital after their school bus was hit by another car Sept. 24.
Nine Barnwell Primary students on the number three school bus were sent to Southern Palmetto Hospital with minor injuries after a Ford Crown Victoria crashed into the back of the bus shortly after 3:30 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the state Highway Patrol.
The bus was traveling east and slowing down as it approached a bus stop on U.S. 278 just outside of Kline when it was hit. The bus had 18 people on it including the driver.
The driver of the car and a passenger were not hurt. The car sustained heavy damage to the front end.
Parents and relatives of children on the bus arrived on the scene and stood in driveways across the street calling out to their children to see if they were OK.
EMS transmissions to Barnwell County dispatch indicated students were being transported for possible spinal injuries. Children who were not injured were eventually released to their parents through the school. A second school bus did arrive to finish taking the uninjured students home, but it was not used since most students were taken from the scene by family members.
Officials from Barnwell School District 45, including Superintendent Jay Grissom and Transportation Supervisor Michael Jenkins, arrived at the scene to assess the situation. Several children were taken away on stretchers, which Grissom said was "precautionary."
Grissom said to his knowledge all the injured students were released from the hospital later that day.
"We are happy there were no serious injuries," he said. He added the bus driver, Charles Johnson, followed protocol and handled the situation well.
Barnwell sheriff's deputies and Highway Patrol officers worked traffic control and assisted with helping the injured. Traffic was backed up for hundreds of yards in both directions. The scene was cleared around 5:30 p.m.
Charges in the accident are unknown as of press time.