Updated Monday 1:15 p.m.: After investigating the incident, Cherokee Sheriff's Office has determined that the school bus ran a red light and struck the passenger vehicle Friday. No citations were issued in the collision. 

School district spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby declined to comment on the specific case, but said typically when a school bus is in an accident, drivers are required to retake the district's driver training as a best safety practice.

A school bus on its route to Etowah High School and a car collided Friday morning.

The crash was at approximately 7:45 a.m. Friday, according to Cherokee Sheriff's Office spokesman Jay Baker.

There were 32 students on board, and 15 complained of injury, he said. Four were transported to a local hospital at parents' request. All of the bus passengers were checked out at the scene by Cherokee County Fires and Emergency Services.

Cherokee County School District Spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said that a replacement bus was sent to take the remaining children to school, and that no serious injuries were reported.

Update 11:15 a.m.: The driver of the car, the only passenger in the vehicle, was also transported to a local hospital, Baker said.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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