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SUV driver dies in crash with school bus

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BUFORD — An 80-year-old man is dead after he lost control of his SUV and struck a school bus Wednesday, Gwinnett County police say.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Dept., just before 3 p.m. Dec. 4, officers were dispatched to a crash on Hamilton Mill Road near Pucketts Mill Road in unincorporated Buford. When officers arrived, they found a black 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and a Gwinnett County School Bus with front-end damage.

The driver of the SUV was not responsive. The bus was occupied by two adults and five children. 

“Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears as though the driver of the SUV was traveling north on Hamilton Mill Road while the bus was traveling south. While approaching the traffic light near Cascade Falls Drive, the SUV driver suddenly lost control of his vehicle, crossed in to oncoming traffic, and struck the bus head-on,” Gwinnett County Police spokeswoman Michele Pihera said.

The SUV driver, Darwin McEntyre died at the scene. The driver of the bus and another adult complained of minor injuries but were not transported. None of the children were transported to the hospital. 

Investigators are looking in to the possibility that McEntyre was having a medical emergency at the time of the crash. The final determination will be made by the Medical Examiner’s Office at a later time.  

Thom Chandler
Thom Chandler is the editor of The Georgia Sun and has been writing, editing and managing websites and blogs since 1995. He is a lifelong Georgian and one of those increasingly rare Atlanta natives.

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