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Coach in Jones Co. bus wreck critical; 4 students released from hospital

An Augusta Preparatory Day school bus was involved in an accident in Jones County Thursday around noon/WGXA

UPDATE: On Friday, March 23, Augusta Preparatory Day School wrote in a Facebook post that golf coach Chuck Mason remained in critical condition.

The post says that Mason went through surgery and is in the intensive care unit at a Macon hospital.

Head of Augusta Preparatory school Peter Huestis said, "He is very much a father and a father figure. He's what we call a community coach. He comes from his daily life on campus in the afternoons and spends time with our kids and as we're learning through this unfortunate incident, Chuck has very little family in town so very much the kids here at Augusta Prep serve as his family and that goes both ways."

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UPDATE: The four Augusta Preparatory Day students involved in Thursday afternoon's school bus accident in Jones Co. have been released from the hospital, deputies said at 5:30 p.m.

However, the coach of the golf team, Chuck Mason, remains in Navicent Health in critical condition.

The bus driver, Shirley Orange, has also been released from the hospital.

Deputies say the worst injury to the students and bus driver was a broken foot.

Stay with WGXA for all the updates.

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JONES CO., Ga. -- An Augusta Preparatory Day school bus carrying the school's golf team was involved in an accident in Jones County Thursday just before 12:30 p.m.

Officials say all students on the bus -- as well as a couple adults -- have been taken to Navicent Health. An adult -- the coach of the team -- is in critical condition, while all others are in stable condition.

The crash happened in the area of Highway 49 between Walthall Gas Station and Peacock's Auto Salvage. The area has since been re-opened and cleared.

Deputies say a truck hit the front of the bus on the passengers side, causing the wreck.

The bus has been towed from the scene as officials work to clear the scene.

Augusta Prep says the bus was taking the golf team to play against Westfield Academy at Houston Lake Country Club in Perry.


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