School bus, truck collide in ‘minor’ incident

Bus No. 62 students transferred to No. 56 for ride home

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

HAMLET — No one was injured when authorities say a Richmond County Schools bus driver with Fairview Heights Elementary School students on board cut a turn a little short Wednesday afternoon and caused a minor collision with a pick-up truck.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com No one was injured when a Richmond County Schools bus struck a Dodge pick-up truck Wednesday afternoon on State Route 381 south of Hamlet.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
No one was injured when a Richmond County Schools bus struck a Dodge pick-up truck Wednesday afternoon on State Route 381 south of Hamlet.

The incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 381 and Old Gibson Road. North Carolina Highway Patrol Toroper M.A. Lindsey said the bus driver was traveling north on Route 381 and attempted to turn left onto Old Gibson Road.

At the same time, a 2004 maroon Dodge pick-up truck with North Carolina tags attempted a right turn onto southbound Route 381. Lindsey said the bus driver was a little too far to the left while attempting the turn, causing the mirrors of the two vehicles to strike each other.

Fairview Heights Elementary School Principal Joyce McRae was on the scene.

“It wasn’t bad, thank God,” McRae said. “Nobody’s hurt, everybody’s okay.”

McRae said the students might be delayed slightly but given that it’s the first week of school, that’s not unusual.

The students were transferred from Bus No. 62 to No. 56 for the remainder of the trip. Both vehicles were driven from the scene. Lindsey said no one was cited in the incident.

Mallory Brown, public information officer for Richmond County Schools, said the driver of Bus No. 62 has been employed with RCS for eight years and seven months.

Brown said Transportation Director Corey Davis has records of eight bus-involved incidents during the 2013-2014 school year. Davis confirmed that the transportation department does review these types of incidents unless the bus driver is not found at fault.

 

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

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