School bus/auto collision on Due West Road results in serious injuries

Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle in article about fatal I-285 collisionDetail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

According to a public information release from Officer Sydney Melton of the Cobb County Police Department the department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit is investigating a collision between a school bus and an automobile that occurred yesterday at 3:54 p.m. on Due West Road near Antioch Road.

The public information release describes the accident as follows:

Per investigators, a 2009 Mazda 3 was traveling west on Due West Road. A Cobb County School bus was traveling east on Due West Road. The Mazda crossed over the double yellow line, striking the bus head-on. 

The driver of the Mazda was identified as 17-year-old Stephen Randall. He was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The passenger of the Mazda was a 15-year-old juvenile. The juvenile was transported, by air, to Egleston Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the bus was identified as Robin Blackstone. She was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

The accident is still under investigation. If you have information about the accident your are asked to call the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3987.

The STEP Unit

The STEP Unit, which investigates serious or fatal traffic crashes, is one of the Cobb County Police Department’s Special Operations units, and  is described on the web page of the Cobb County Police Department as follows:

“The Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit is responsible for investigating all fatal traffic crashes, enforcement of traffic laws in those areas which analysis indicates an elevated amount of crashes. They are also responsible for the administration and execution of the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. They also take part in special security details, and investigate crashes involving Department vehicles when requested.”

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