Alabama Church Bus Driver Charged in Fatal Crash

The driver of a church bus from Alabama faces charges in a Georgia crash that killed one person and injured several others.

The driver’s lawyer, Jason Swindle Sr., identified his client in a statement as Jerry Sims. Swindle says both charges are considered misdemeanor traffic offenses since neither drugs nor alcohol were involved. He says Sims is still in the hospital.

Fulton County Police told multiple news outlets Wednesday that the driver is charged with vehicular homicide and failure to maintain lane in the June 8 crash that killed 17-year-old Sarah Harmening.

The Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville, Alabama, was carrying dozens of high school students and adults. It was headed to the Atlanta airport for a mission trip to Africa when it collided with another vehicle.

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