DADE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Georgia State Patrol has been called in to investigate after a school bus carrying 47 students ran into a ditch in northwest Georgia.

The accident happened around 3:45 p.m. in Dade County. That's where responding deputies found the school bus near the intersection of New Home and Brow roads. Students had already been removed from the bus and there wasn't anyone else on it when emergency crews arrived.

The Dade County Sheriff's Office reported that six children reported minor injuries and another six were taken to Children's Hospital at Erlanger for treatment. NBC-affiliate WRCB spoke with sheriff's office spokesperson Chad Payne who said that the children taken to the hospital had "bumps and bruises."

Remaining students were turned over to guardians at the scene or taken home in another bus. The accident is now being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Division.