The impact left a large gash on the bus and dislocated one of its tires. (Photo by Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot)×4 remaining of 5Thank you for reading! We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content. Police say the driver of an Aberdeen town garbage truck was intoxicated when he struck a school bus last week.Jessie Alen Haggins, 44, is charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a commercial vehicle after the consumption of alcohol and failure to stop before turning.The charges stem from a motor vehicle accident that occurred about 7:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Sandy Springs Road and Walkabout Drive in the Sandy Springs development.An Aberdeen Public Works vehicle crashed into the side of a bus carrying at least 20 students to the Sandhills Theatre Arts Renaissance School in Vass. No one was injured, but the impact left a large gash on the bus and dislocated one of its tires.The students, who were scheduled to take their end-of-grade tests later that day, were picked up about 8 a.m. by a second school bus. A spokesperson for STARS, a charter school, said the tests were postponed until Tuesday in response to the accident.Haggins has been placed on suspension, according to Aberdeen Town Manager Paul Sabiston. The town will make a final decision on Haggins’ employment after the Aberdeen Police Department completes its investigation, Sabiston said.
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