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911 Tapes Reveal Driver's Panic After Fatal Bus Crash

CARROLLTON, GA -- For the first time, we're hearing what happened moments after Monday's deadly Carroll County school bus crash.

911 dispatchers took in a flurry of emergency calls, including one from trainee bus driver Kenneth Herrindine, who was behind the wheel. They tapes were released late Thursday, as the Carroll County School System revealed that Herringdine's training didn't follow guidelines set forth by the Georgia Department of Driver Safety.

In Herringdine's call to 911 dispatchers, he is breathless and obviously upset.

"I went off the edge of the road," he told the dispatcher, voice quivering. "Before I could get back..."

Before he could finish, the dispatcher asked the age of the students on the bus.

"They're high school students," Herringdine explained.

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Questions About License of School Bus Driver in Fatal Wreck

CARROLL COUNTY, GA -- Kenneth Herringdine told 11Alive News he was "sorry" for the school bus wreck that took the life of a 17-year-old student.

Herringdine, 59, was the trainee driver behind the wheel when the bus ran off Georgia Highway 113 Monday afternoon, injuring 13 students and killing Temple High School senior James "Ray Ray" Rashawn Walker.

As 11Alive's Paul Crawley stood in the driver's barn Wednesday afternoon, an emotional Herringdine said, "My heart goes out to the family of the young man who died."

He declined a TV interview and said, "I don't know what will happen to me."

Meanwhile, there is controversy over whether Herringdine had the right credentials to have been behind the wheel of the bus.

Even though he was a trainee with a supervisor on board, the school system insisted he had enough experience.

"He was qualified to drive a bus," insisted Carroll County School spokesperson Elena Schulenburg.

Vigil for Temple Teen Killed in School Bus Crash

TEMPLE, GA -- Students at Temple High School remembered one of their own Tuesday night.

Rashawn Walker was killed Monday when the bus he was riding in hit a ditch and toppled over. Twelve other students were hurt when the bus driver, 59-year-old Kenneth Ross Herringdine of Roopville, lost control on Highway 113 near Abilene Cemetery in Carroll County.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of all individuals involved in this unfortunate accident." Temple High School Principal Karen Suddeth said in a letter to students and parents on Tuesday.

The student body held a candlelight vigil for Walker on the Temple High football field, where the 17-year-old played on the school's team. He was a senior and aspiring graphic designer.

1 Dead, 12 Hurt in Carroll Co. School Bus Accident

VILLA RICA, GA -- A member of the Temple High School football team was killed and twelve people hurt in a school bus accident in Carroll County Monday afternoon. 11Alive Skycam images show the bus on its side.

It happened just before 2 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 113 and Hog Liver Road near Abilene Cemetery in Carroll County. The bus was carrying students from Temple High School when the driver, Kenneth Ross Herringdine, 59, of Roopville, apparently lost control and ran into a ditch, where the bus turned over.

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Faith and Science Discussion to be Held at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of West Georgia are sponsoring an "Inter-Religious Panel on Faith and Science" on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Kathy Cashen Recital Hall on the UWG campus.

The discussion will feature four UWG professors from the areas of chemistry, biology and physics who will talk about the relation of faith and science. One popular view suggests that one cannot affirm religious claims and scientific truths. Others disagree, believing that both can be taken seriously. The panel will explore how scientists of faith deal with issues that arise when the two subjects converge.

Panelists will include Dr. Megumi Fujita (chemistry), Dr. Javier Hasbun (physics), Dr. Farooq Khan (chemistry) and Dr. S. Swamy-Mruthinti (biology).

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 678-839-6294.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Man Accused Of Scamming Churches Caught

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Marvin Gipson is charged with four counts of Theft By Deception after being apprehended months after he allegedly scammed several area churches.

Gipson apparently moved his operations out of state after the heat was on him in Georgia according to Cobb County Police. They said he targeted churches with a consistent story: "I'm a victim of the September floods. I have to get to a job in Texas. I need money and after the job I'll pay you back."

Kurtis Jensen said Gipson approached him at Church at Trinity Chapel in Powder Springs not far from the flooding. "It was $200 in cash I gave him," Jensen told 11 Alive News last February. "I also filled up his tank with gas, gave him food for his supposed family and he actually said he had no way of cooking food so I gave him my microwave."