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Driver dies after rear-ending South Carolina school bus; 6 students hospitalized

The Georgetown County School District bus was heading to Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach when it was hit, authorities said.
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GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Multiple students have been taken to a South Carolina hospital for evaluation following a crash that involved their school bus and killed another driver on Friday morning.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Georgetown County School District confirmed later in the day that a school bus from Sampit Elementary School was rear-ended by another vehicle while stopped at a railroad crossing on Highway 521.

The Highway Patrol said there were 22 students and five staff members on the bus at the time.

Authorities said the crash led to five students being taken to Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital. The South Carolina Highway Patrol later said a sixth was also injured but didn't say where that child was taken. The rest of the students were taken back to Sampit Elementary School where they were reunited with their parents, the school district said.

The bus driver and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to Conway Medical Center. Another occupant of the bus was also taken to the hospital; though, Highway Patrol didn't say where.

The Georgetown County Coroner's Office later confirmed that the driver of the other vehicle, identified only as a 58-year-old Moncks Corner man, died of his injuries. Authorities haven't provided any specifics regarding the injuries of others involved in the crash.

According to the school district, the kids were on their way to Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach when the crash occurred.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is handling the crash investigation.

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