A school-bus driver cited a problem with his brakes after hitting a tree early Friday near Forest Acres, a school district spokeswoman said.
Thirty-one students from Lower Richland High School on their way to the Heyward Career Center were picked up by another bus.
Spokeswoman Karen York said the driver reported he wanted to avoid hitting a vehicle stopped at the traffic light at South Beltline and Buchanan Drive.
York and a spokesman for the S.C. Highway Patrol said no injuries were reported in the 8:30 a.m. accident.
Columbia police are investigating, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol.
And York said the districts transportation division would be looking into the brake problem reported by the driver, Rodney Sims.
No citations were issued, Jennifer Timmons, a spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department, said.