Bus Accident Leaves Two Injured
A school bus accident Friday afternoon caused major damage to the car involved in the crash but only minor injuries to the students. With only 14 days of school left, the second Edgecombe County Public Schools bus accident of the school year occurred.
Southwest Edgecombe High School bus number 286 with 40 students on board was struck from behind by a car at about 2:50 p.m. near Wiggins Crossroad, Southwest Edgecombe Principal John Westberg said.
“The bus was at its second stop on its route and was letting students off,” Edgecombe County Public Schools Transportation Director Tommy Hudson said. “(The bus) had its red lights flashing and stop sign out.”
Car Driver Injured In Bus Accident
The driver of the Mustang that rear ended the school bus, Ashley Norville, and her passenger, Brittany Parker, are both sophomores at that high school, Southwest Edgecombe junior John Griffin said. Edgecombe County schools officials said both students in the Mustang were taken to Heritage Hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Westberg said the back window and bumper of the bus were damaged, and the cost was estimated to be small, approximately $500. The car suffered what appeared to be extensive damage.“It looked totaled,” Westberg said.
“The car’s front end went underneath (the bus), and the bus’s bumper went all the way up to the car’s windshield.” Southwest Edgecombe administrators were at the scene with local law enforcement officers to ensure the safety of the students and to investigate the cause of the accident, school officials said.
Driver In School Bus Accident Tested
According to the school system’s standard procedures for bus accidents, the driver, Earl Wooten, was replaced for the afternoon route and underwent a required drug and alcohol test. A North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman said none of the students were injured seriously.
Fridays seem to be bad days for school bus drivers in the Edgecombe County Public Schools system because the only other accident for the school year happened in January on a Friday. Five students were taken to the hospital for minor injuries in that bus accident.
It was a single vehicle accident so there were no other vehicles involved. Bus 283 was carrying about 20 students to South Edgecombe Middle school when the driver lost control of the school bus and it crashed. It happened around 7:20 a.m. on Highway 42 near the town of Conetoe in Edgecombe County.
Edgecombe County Public Schools says the driver of the bus, Michelle Riggs, was a substitution driver. Riggs was not injured.
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The ECPS transportation department is evaluating the extent of the damage to the bus, which landed on its side. According to standard procedure, Edgecombe County Public Schools requires an immediate blood alcohol and drug test for the driver, which was conducted at the scene.
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