Sumiton and Dora police and fire departments responded to the scene shortly after the accident occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. According to Alabama State Troopers who are investigating the wreck, a Chevy Silverado slid sideways into the front of the school bus.
Superintendent Jason Adkins said that any incident involving one of their buses is thoroughly investigated and all policies will be followed. He praised the quick thinking and reaction of bus driver Linda Little in doing everying she could to safeguard the children.
“I’m thankful for Linda Little,” Adkins said. “I belive her actions prevented a much worse accident from occurring. She just did a great job.”
Other officials on the scene also praised Little for her reaction, saying that if the truck has struck the side of the bus, it could have been a much worse situation.
Paige Skalnik, principal of SEMS, was on the scene shortly after the accident and praised the quick response of local officials.
“I was just thankful law enforcement responded the way they did,” Skalnik said. She also cited the city’s officials and citizens for responding quickly to ensure that no one was injured and all the children were cared for and comforted. “Another bus was brought in immediately to get the students home. It’s such a close-knit community, other bus drivers were on the scene within minutes of hearing what happened.”