The driver of the truck jumped out, helped pull students out of the bus, then collapsed, authorities told CNN. The driver later passed away. The incident happened on the afternoon of Aug. 12.
“He must’ve been running on adrenaline, and his body gave out,” said Cpl. Shane Copeland with the Georgia State Patrol. “He was pretty much done by that point.”
The school bus was making its normal stops just outside the city of Alma in Bacon County, Georgia, when it was rear-ended by a boxtruck.
“The impact sent the back of the box truck into the air, leaving metal scattered across the highway,” Copeland said.
The truck driver, 25-year-old Johnathon Grayer, jumped out and rushed onto the school bus, Copeland said.
Footage from the bus’s surveillance camera showed Grayer lift seats off children who were pinned underneath, he said. After he collapsed, Grayer was taken to a hospital—where he later died.
Ten children and the bus driver were also taken to hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening.
The CNN Wire contributed to this report.