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Creekview High to stage texting and driving wreck

Creekview High to stage texting and driving wreck

CANTON, Ga. -- Many young people believe that a texting and driving fatality could never happen to them.

But one student at Creekview High School in Canton is preparing to show them just how real it can be.

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On Thursday, Mar. 17 at 9:30 a.m., there will be a "Texting and Driving Ghost Out" in the rear parking lot of Creekview High. Over 500 high school students will watch a staging of a fatal accident caused by texting and driving.

Public safety officers will respond to the scene as if it were a real accident.

The event is the brainchild of Erin Schorr, who is holding the event as part of her senior project.

Creekview High School is located at 1550 Owens Store Road in Canton.

CCSD transportation employees win state competition

CCSD transportation employees win state competition

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Cherokee County's special needs students who use the district's bus transportation are in very good hands.

Cherokee County School District transportation employees Dale Roberts and Rhonda Fiddler won first place in the sixth annual Georgia Special Needs School Bus Roadeo, which was held on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The team will now go on to compete in the National Roadeo on Friday, Mar. 11 in Kansas City.

The Roadeo is held to improve the training and preparedness of bus drivers who transport children with special needs. The driver and bus monitor work as a team as they compete in the areas of a bus pre-check, wheelchair loading and securing, special needs evacuation and driving.

In the special needs Roadeo, the drivers are also judged on their TLC -- their ability to maneuver the bus while taking care of fragile passengers.

Roberts and Fiddler took home the top prize for Georgia in 2009 as well.

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All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

Preliminary Pictures of Cherokee County School Bus Crash

Preliminary Pictures of Cherokee County School Bus Crash

BALL GROUND, GA -- At approximately 7:50 a.m., Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to an accident on Hightower Road near the Lovelace Lane intersection in northeastern Cherokee County.

The accident involved a Cherokee County school bus heading to Free Home Elementary School in Canton and a tractor-trailer hauling garbage.

Six children were on the bus at the time. Four girls, ages five and eight, and two boys, ages 10 and 12, were transported to Northside Cherokee Hospital with minor injuries. The 52-year-old female bus driver complained of neck pain after the accident and was taken to North Fulton Hospital.

The tractor-trailer left the highway and went down a steep embankment, which resulted in the 43-year-old driver being entrapped. The driver was conscious and alert when he was extricated and taken to North Fulton Hospital.

The accident is currently under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.