Woman dies in crash into school that ignites fire

Child, 3, in car not seriously injured

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJune 22, 2013 

A woman died late Friday night after the car she was driving crashed into the old Marion Middle School in Buena Vista, Ga., and ignited a fire, authorities said Saturday.

The woman was not named because her relatives have not been identified, said Marion County Coroner Rod Aid. The woman was pronounced dead of trauma about 9 p.m., an hour after the 8 p.m. accident at 100 E. Burkhalter Ave.

A boy, 3, was a passenger in the car, but he wasn't seriously injured. He was treated for a cut by paramedics at the scene.

No one was burned after the car struck the building and ignited the fire. The woman's body was sent to the crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy. All the papers that could be used to help identify the woman were burned in the fire.

The woman was driving at a high rate of speed before the crash. "There was some sort of malfunction," Aid said.

Volunteer firefighters were on the scene throughout the night controlling the building fire.

Firefighters dug a trench through the building to control the blaze. The most heavily damaged section of the building was used for plays by children in the auditorium. Another section of the building used by the county wasn't burned.

The crash remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. Troopers were unavailable to comment on the wreck late Saturday.

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