January 7, 2010
Car, bus collide; one killed
A car/school bus crash Tuesday morning on Highway 7 North injured five and killed one, all of those being occupants in the automobile.
The accident happened at 7:43 a.m. at the Holly Springs city limits near the entrance to the Tara Oaks Subdivision. Rescue personnel were on the scene at 7:45 a.m, according to fire chief Kenny Holbrook.
He said apparently the car, which was traveling south, hit a patch of ice and went out of control and hit the Holly Springs School District bus, which was northbound.
“The car came sideways directly into the bus,” Holbrook said. “The impact was so hard it knocked the bus tire up under the bus.”
He said the bus driver “did a great job” to not go down the embankment.
“She kept from turning the bus over,” Holbrook said.
Robert Pearson, police chief, and Adam Andrews, transportation director for the school district, agreed.
“The bus driver did everything she could to avoid it,” Pearson said.
“She (Tracy Riddle, who was transported to the hospital for observation) did a great job,” Andrews said. “She took the bus as far as she could without rolling down the hill. She was very upset.”
Andrews said 22 students were on the bus at the time of the accident and “all are fine.”
“The children were transferred to another bus and removed from the scene,” Holbrook said.
A passenger in the car, Roddrick L. Isom, 9, of the Hudsonville community, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to coroner James Richard Anderson. He was riding in the back seat. Andrews said he was a student at Holly Springs Intermediate School.
Five victims in the car were transported to medical facilities – three by helicopter and two by ground, Holbrook said. He said two of the victims were extricated from the car using the Jaws of Life.
Lt. John Norman with the Holly Springs Police Department identified those injured in the car as driver Latasha Isom, 17, Keasha Jeffries, 15, R.L. Isom Jr., 13, Gabrielle Byers, 15, and Kirstin Byers, 9.
Holbrook called the scene of the accident “labor intensive.”
There were 25 firefighters on the scene, along with officers from the Holly Springs Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, plus ambulance personnel and others. There were three helicopters and numerous ambulances on the scene.
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