Dump Truck Rolls after Attempting to Avoid Rome School Bus Tuesday Afternoon

The Alabama Highway was blocked Tuesday, after a dump truck overturned, spilling dirt onto the roadway.  It was also a close call for a Floyd County school bus. 

According to Floyd County Police the dump truck was traveling westbound, just west of Barker Road when the driver, identified as 50-year-old Oliver Ashley from Lindale, noticed a school bus had stopped at the railroad tracks, and he then swerved to avoid rear-ending the bus and the dump truck overturned. The truck did clip the mirror of the bus that was transporting students from Alto Park.

The bus did not sustain any additional damage, and was able to continue on its route; there were 46 children on the bus, and none of them were hurt.

Ashley was transported from the scene to Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center and he is expected to survive his injuries.  He was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

The incident occurred at around 3:00pm (EST) Tuesday.

(WRGA Rome)

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