One Person Dies in School Bus Crash

One woman is dead and dozens of students were taken to west Alabama hospitals following a school bus crash near York Thursday morning.

The crash occurred around 7 a.m. on Millville Road in Sumter County, near Highway 17 about 5 miles outside of York.

"If you look at the bus, it's totaled, any kind of way that you look at it," said Sumter County Sheriff Johnny Hatter.

Hatter said 34 students were on the bus that was traveling north on Millville Road when a car traveling south struck the driver's side at the front end of the bus. The windshield was knocked out of the bus.

The driver of the south-bound vehicle, 20-year-old Venus Alis Fore, formerly of Foley, Ala., was killed in the crash. She was living in the York area and is believed to have been on her way to work. Emergency workers had to use the jaws of life to retrieve her body from the wreckage.

"The school bus appears to be like it was supposed to be and right now it's under investigation to see what did happen," said Hatter.

The Alabama Highway Patrol, York Police Department, and Livingston Police Department are assisting the Sumter County Sheriff's Department in an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and whether speed was a factor.

The bus was taking students to York West End Junior High School and Sumter County High School.

Although details about the circumstances remain in question, what is known is that the impact was instant and powerful. It even caused the bus to shift significantly forward on its frame upon impact.

"At this point, they say the driver was pretty much doing what he was supposed to be doing, but of course, we won't know all of the details until we get the reports from all of the state troopers and everyone else," said Sumter County superintendent, Dr. Fred Primm.

"It's a blessing it's no worse than it was," said Hatter. "And I'm sorry for the loved one who was lost in the vehicle."


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  • by sgt wilkins Location: livingston on Feb 16, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    i met ms venus at andy)s in livingston, al. she was service me for lunch, she told me she though about joining the army, i gave her my number, she never call, i saw her again at andy, she was hard work, and decite, i am sorry about the loss family.
  • by ann Location: foley,alabama on Oct 16, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    this is a tragic moment for all those who knew venus and was involved in her life.especially her imediate family...it is such ashame that it has been turned into such a spectal,with one blaming the other of not wanting to help!!!...can we just put our differences aside and concentrate on what is good for this young lady's family that is left behind...venus has lived her life and now she is gone...can we at least allow her to rest in peace w/out all this bickering back and forth about who did not do whatever or put forth effort to assist in this tragic event(the death of venus)...name calling is not going to change a thing that has happened already,but we can go on and live and let live,this applies to cuba and york...i am sure that venus would not want this,for this was not her nature at all...could it just be that it was just her time to answer god's calling on her life?...you know we are all going to do the same one day,right?.noone is exempt from death!let it go!do the golden rule.
  • by Fire Captain Location: Sumter County on Oct 14, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    Chiquita we are sorry for your loss and our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. she will be missed.
  • by Chiquita Location: Foley on Oct 14, 2009 at 04:21 PM
    I am the sister of Venus. I am trying so hard to cope with this. All I do is think about how many years I spent with her and I am thankful. Let's not argue or make it any worse than it is. She was my beautiful sister, who had her life taken tragically. She was the baby of the family which hurts even worse. No matter what race or who you are she would take you in to her home. Several of her homeless friends came to stay with us and then she gave them everything she had to offer. Please pray for our family and I will pray that this does not get any worse to cope with.
  • by unknown white person Location: Sumter County on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM
    I want to know why everyone wants to point a finger at someone it does not help the fact. this racial thing has gone on long enough and I am sick and tired of hearing it. first thing is Cuba was never requested to come help with the accident. or any other neighboring fire department. If you can work with each other or be able to help any race you don't need to be in the fire service, ems, police. the fire, ems, and police is like a family your brothers and sister with them all white, black, pink, purple or any color they are your family. like the bellamy fire chief said and through out history we have heard united we stand divided we fall and if we keep this up we are gonna fall flat on our face. so we need let this pass and learn from our mistakes and come closer together and york and cuba and all the rest of the departments need to come together as one. and my prayers go out to the family with there loss of there child.
  • by Chasity Location: Foley on Oct 13, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    This story came as a shock to me, i first found out about this tragedy at school.Everyone was talking about it, but I just couldn't believe it was true, as a matter of fact it didn't really hit me until I watched the video.I had chorus class with Venus when i was in middle school.She always made me laugh.I would have never thought in a million years that she would have gone so soon.My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and I hope she made everything right with God before she took her trip into eternity.I miss you and love you Venus!! :(
  • by Acacia Sturdivant Location: Harvest, AL on Oct 13, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    My heart goes out to the family of Venus Fore. I pray that God will help them through this difficult time in their lives. My heart also goes out to the students and the parents of those involved in the school bus accident. I do know that God is God everyday and that we should ALWAYS trust and believe in him regardless of the circumstances. He will bring peace to those that seek him.
  • by bob Location: york on Oct 13, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    duke....go back to your real home...there is no room in york for people like you
  • by residemt Location: york on Oct 12, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    it doesnt seem to be a question about cuba being called or not - it is about statements being made from cuba about york. this is not the first time this person has been quoted. i myself have heard much the same thing on other occasions such as the fire at the bell home a while back. cuba needs to stop thinking they so better than everyone else!
  • by CELESTE Location: FOLEY on Oct 12, 2009 at 02:28 PM
    VENUS WAS MY FIRST COUSIN AND WE THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN OUR TIME OF LOSS! SHE IS GREATLY MISSED. WE WILL BE PUTTING HER TO REST ON THURS IN FOLEY AL. TO ALL THOSE WHO KNEW HER WE KNOW WHAT A HAPPY AND LOVING PERSON SHE WAS. LETS REMEMBER HER THIS WAY AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO KEEP EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US! REMEMBER OUR FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS. ICES IF YOU WANT MORE INFO E-MAIL ME AT C.PICKENS4U@YAHOO.COM.
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