Man struck by Lowndes County school bus

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By:Erin Lisch
May 17, 2017

VALDOSTA, Ga.-Students in Valdosta shocked at the scene Wednesday afternoon after a bus hits a man with a bike.

The accident happening around 2:30pm outside of Lowndes County High, right about when school lets out.

This leaving students concerned while in class.

Lowndes County High student Haley Antwine said, "I was kind of scared because I didn't know what was going on."

Lowndes County High student Bethannie Lyde said, "It was uneasy."

Students held in 4th period for longer than normal.

"Before the bell rang, the teachers were like we won't be able to leave because there was a bus accident," said Antwine.

Once outside, students saw the scene.

"Right when the bell rang there was a helicopter up and everyone was freaking out, they didn't know what was happening," said Lyde.

Lowndes County High student Rachel Wolverton said, "all of a sudden you see this huge helicopter land in the middle of our band practice field and you see all of these emergency vehicles."

School officials say the 40 year old man with the bike was life-flighted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with a leg injury. They also say he’s in stable condition.

The bus driver and 8 students, uninjured.

Lowndes County Schools spokesperson LaVerne Rome said, "the main concern is the safety of our children our students. We reassured the students that they were going to get home safely, everyone was medically evaluated no one was hurt on the bus."

With a fatal bus accident last fall, the thought of another leaving kids worried.

“It's the last thing we need after stuff that's already happened this year, so I think all of us held our breath for a second waiting to hear what happened," said Wolverton.

Details, like if the man was actually on the bike during the accident, are still unavailable.

This is still an active investigation by the Valdosta Police Department.

No word on if anyone could face charges.

By: Valdosta Today; WCTV Eyewitness News
May 17, 2017

VALDOSTA, GA (WCTV) -- A bicyclist was airlifted to Tallahassee after he was struck by a Lowndes County school bus in front of the entrance to Lowndes High School.

According to a statement from Lowndes County Schools, the bus was attempting to turn right out of Lowndes High School onto Norman Drive and struck the man.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Valdosta Police Department says the victim sustained a leg injury and was flown by helicopter for medical treatment. He is in stable condition.

The man had a bicycle with him, and investigators are working to determine whether the man was riding the bicycle or walking with the bicycle.

School officials say there were eight students on the bus at the time of the incident. The bus driver was not injured and no students required medical attention.

Valdosta police are continuing to investigate the incident and WCTV will update this story as new information becomes available.

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