A school bus driver is tasked with getting school children to and from school safety. The drivers, who have to undergo training, should be aware that the buses they are operating cannot be maneuvered like smaller vehicles, such as a car. The ungainly weight and size of a school bus can make the execution of a sudden stop very difficult and make it very easy for the bus driver to lose control of the vehicle, and in the process, injure the passengers on the bus and the occupants of any other vehicles nearby. The bus driver must also avoid being distracted while driving a vehicle full of school-age children. The young passengers of a school bus are particularly at risk of receiving injuries in a bus accident as many school buses lack the seat belts that are a mandatory feature in almost every other type of motor vehicle.
Accidents involving a school bus full of children are always natural causes for concern for the residents of Greenville, North Carolina and the nearby communities in Pitt County. Local news sources have reported that another school bus accident has occurred, this time in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Even though there were no fatalities, the accident could have very easily resulted in severe injuries and multiple fatalities.
Details of the Incident
On Friday morning on December 16, 2016, school bus #357 from G.W. Carver Elementary School was carrying 20 children and traveling down Stallings Road right outside of the city of Macclesfield, North Carolina, when it veered off of the road and tumbled onto its side. According to the Highway Patrol in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, the bus accident occurred at around 7:20 a.m. An investigation into the accident has been completed, and the road where the accident took place has since been reopened to traffic.
Report of Injuries
A total of nineteen children were immediately transported to local hospitals. Thirteen children were transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina. An additional six children were taken to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro, North Carolina. There was one child who sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the bus accident.
Reasons for the Crash
Based on information from Sheriff James Knight, the driver of the school bus, 40-year old Julianne Bridgers from Pinetops, North Carolina, abruptly swerved the bus in order to avoid striking a deer that had suddenly ran out into the middle of the road. After completing an investigation, the troopers charged the bus driver with reckless driving.
A Witness’ Account
A witness, David Saulter, reported that after hearing the squealing of bus tires as the driver attempted to navigate the bus, he immediately called emergency services. Mr. Saulter then assisted Ms. Bridgers with getting the students out of the bus, which had come to a rest on its side. The children were removed from the bus through a window.
Anyone who has sustained any type of personal injury as a result of a bus accident should consult with a bus accident attorney as soon as possible. The attorney many work to identify and pursue damages against the liable parties whose actions may have contributed to the factors that caused the accident.
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