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The scene where two Whitfield County school buses crashed in Bradley County on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, is seen in this photo. / Photo provided by Bradley County Emergency Management Agency

This story was last updated at 4:47 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.

Two dozen people, including children, were taken to area hospitals after a Thursday morning bus crash in Bradley County involving two Whitfield County, Georgia, school buses.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the school district reported that all students and staff had been released from the hospitals.

The incident happened shortly before 9:30 a.m. on APD 40 at Westland Drive, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Alan Bailey.

some text The scene where two Whitfield County school buses crashed in Bradley County on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, is seen in this photo. / Photo provided by Bradley County Emergency Management Agency

Two buses carrying 33 people were traveling on a field trip when a tractor-trailer allegedly stopped abruptly at a red light in front of one of the buses, said Kristina Horsley, a Whitfield County school district spokeswoman. The bus was able to stop, but the bus behind it was not and the two collided.

She said 19 students and four adults with North Whitfield Middle School were transported to Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland, Tennessee, for evaluation. One student and an adult also were taken by ambulance to Erlanger hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Bailey said.

A Tennova administrator confirmed the hospital treated some children but could not say how many, referring questions to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, which is leading the investigation.

All parents were notified Thursday morning, Horsley said. Once cleared at the hospitals, students were able to return to school or be picked up at Tennova.

Due to the circumstances, the bus driver was not cited, Horsely said.

Thursday was the three-year anniversary of the Woodmore bus crash in Hamilton County that killed six Woodmore Elementary School students and injured dozens more.

Their bus veered off Talley Road in Brainerd and overturned, crashing into a tree.

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