Image: Overturned school bus
Ricky Stilley  /  AP
An ambulance leaves the scene where a school bus overturned on Highway 113 between Temple and Carrollton, Ga., Monday.
updated 10/4/2010 9:08:16 PM ET 2010-10-05T01:08:16

The driver of a school bus lost control along a rural northern Georgia highway Monday and the vehicle overturned, killing a 17-year-old student and sending several others to the hospital, authorities said.

The bus carrying 12 high school students was traveling south on Highway 113 between Temple and Carrollton, some 50 miles west of Atlanta, about 2 p.m. when it left the roadway and crashed into a ditch, said Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright.

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Authorities said James Rashawn Walker of Temple was pronounced dead at the scene. Carroll County Coroner Sammy Eady said Walker was pinned underneath the bus when it stopped in the ditch. The bus was driven by Kenneth Ross Herringdine, 59, of Roopville, who Carroll County Schools Superintendent Scott Coward said was a trainee.

Six patients were sent to three different hospitals and were in good or fair condition, said Tanner Health System spokeswoman Kelly Meigs.

The bus had students from Temple High School, a school board member said. Concerned parents were gathering at the high school.

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