Pick up struck by bus after failing to yield after stopping
A McDuffie County school bus and a pick up collided at the intersection of Salem Road and the Thomson Bypass Thursday morning.
|McDuffie County Fire and EMS personnel as well as some McDuffie County Schools personnel help move the children to another bus.|
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper David Osbourne, a white GMC Sierra pick up truck driven by Ronnie Langham, 53, of Thomson, was traveling westbound on Salem Road on Oct. 20 at approximately 7:02 a.m. The school bus, driven by Theresa Williams, 39, of Thomson, was traveling northbound on the Thomson Bypass.
Williams said she saw Langham stop at the stop sign leading onto the bypass, so she slowed down. She said the pick up then pulled into the path of the bus.
The front of the bus struck the driver’s side of the pick up, and Langham had to be extricated out of the passenger side.
Langham was taken to Augusta University Medical Center via McDuffie County EMS for non life-threatening injuries. The trooper cited Langham for failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign.
Former McDuffie County Sheriff Swan passes away
William Bryant Swan Sr., 81, a longtime public servant in McDuffie County, passed away on Oct. 24 following an extended illness.
Swan was elected sheriff in 1964 when he was 27 years old and was one of the youngest serving sheriffs in the state of Georgia.
Three arrested in connection with Oct. 18
|Brian Atkins Jr.|
|Terry Thomas Jr.|
A Thomson teen was shot and killed at an apartment complex on Springfield Street in Thomson on Oct. 18.
According to the Thomson Police Department, at approximately 9:45 p.m. TPD officers responded to 125 Springfield Street Apt. B3 in reference to a possible shooting. Further investigation revealed that Brian Parks, 18, of Thomson, had been shot.
Parks was transported to University Hospital McDuffie and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Brian Atkins Jr., 17, was arrested and charged with felony murder. Terry Thomas Jr., 21, of Thomson, and Montavis Williams, 18, also of Thomson, were both arrested on Oct. 19 and charged with one count each of tampering with evidence.