Only minor injuries were reported in the wreck that occurred just before 9 p.m. at the intersection of the Rome Bypass and Ga. 53.
According to Emergency Management Services Director Bobby Bates, 42 people were on the Polk County school bus and 12 to 15 had minor injuries. The driver of the tow truck sustained cuts on his face.
Police, fire and emergency management services responded to the wreck and the students were quickly moved to a makeshift staging area set up in Calvary Baptist Church on the corner.
They were then taken by ambulance and a Rome Transit Department bus to Floyd Medical Center to be reassessed and reunited with their parents.
Rome police officer Brandon Wilson said the bus was headed south on Ga. 53 and the tow truck was in the left turn lane of the bypass, headed north.
Wilson said a witness reported the school bus had a green light but the tow truck turned onto Ga. 53 in front of the bus and was struck.
The wreck briefly snarled traffic at the intersection, but officers were soon able to reopen some of the lanes and reroute vehicles around the disabled bus and tow truck. The wreck was cleared about 10 p.m.
Details were still being gathered at FMC late Tuesday and further information is expected to be available today.