Pleasant Valley High School principal Mark Proper said 30 elementary and high school students were on the bus, but that no one was hurt in the accident except the deer, which died.
The accident happened about a mile from the school, Proper said. County buses were running two hours behind their normal start time due to school delays because of the cold weather.
“We heard what happened and a bus that had just dropped off some students volunteered to go pick them up,” Proper said. “It was only about five minutes, so they weren’t that late.”
Frances Shipp, director of transportation for Calhoun County Schools, said there was minimal damage to the bus, but the front grill will need to be fixed.
“We didn’t want to move the bus until we had a mechanic come look and see if there was any damage to the radiator or anything like that,” said Shipp of the delay. “And fortunately there wasn’t.”
Shipp said she didn’t know if the cold weather was a factor in the accident.
“If I was a deer out this morning, I’d probably be running for warmth,” Shipp said.
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