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NEW VIDEO: School bus crashes into homes


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – 11Alive News has received dramatic video involving the crash of a Clayton County school bus.

It was the quick action of bus driver Terry Pettiford that kept it from being worse than it was. The driver spoke Thursday about what happened.

"It was like slow motion," said Pettiford.

The dramatic video from an onboard camera shows the terrifying seven seconds when Terry Pettiford's school bus struck a car that had crossed the center line on Panhandle Road, then swerved left and struck two houses.

"I thank God every day I was able to live through that," she said.

The 15-year veteran described the ordeal in a Clayton County news conference.

"All I saw was a car coming at me," Pettiford said.

She says she had to swerve to avoid a head on collision.

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Man dies in house fire, foul play suspected


JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a burning house as a homicide.

The fire broke out shortly before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at a house in the 700 block of Redland Drive in Jonesboro.

While battling the fire, crews found the body of 24-year-old Quincy Suggs inside the house. Clayton County Police Officer Ashanti Marbury said investigators suspect foul play in Suggs' death.

Police are now working suspect leads and trying to determine how Suggs died.

2014 Reward Schools: Clayton County

2014 Reward Schools: Clayton County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Clayton County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Clayton County had no Highest Performing schools in 2014

Race this weekend: Get Fit!

Race this weekend: Get Fit!

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- The city of Riverdale will host a 5K and school supply drive this weekend.

The Get Fit! 5K Health and Fitness Benefit will be Saturday, Sept. 20 at Riverdale Town Center. Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m., and runners will be off at 7:30 a.m.

Participants are asked to bring school supplies to donate. The supplies will be distributed to Riverdale students in need.

Pre-registration is $20 and can be completed at raceroster.com.

Riverdale Town Center is located at 7200 Church Street.

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Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Riverdale Middle School evacuated after bomb threat


RIVERDALE, Ga. – Riverdale Middle School was evacuated after a bomb threat was called in on Monday afternoon.

Clayton County school officials said the threat was called in as students were being let out for the day. Students who were already on buses were taken home.

Students who remained on campus were taken to a public library about block from the campus as crews searched school grounds. Those students are being taken to the Virgina Burton Gray Recreation Center, where they will be picked up by parents and buses.


Stay with 11Alive for more details on this developing story.


Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday