School bus grazes telephone pole

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One taken to hospital with back pain

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Students’ trip home Thursday afternoon from Richmond Senior High School and the Richmond County Ninth Grade Academy was delayed when their school bus grazed a telephone pole.

The incident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. when the bus driver of bus No. 184 was attempting to turn right onto North Randolph Street from East Green Street. Richmond Senior Principal Keith McKenzie said the driver had pulled up to the make the turn, noticed another vehicle headed towards the intersection from North Randolph. The bus driver backed the bus up slightly, but failed to ensure she was able to clear the telephone pole when she resumed the righthand turn.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Richmond Senior High School Principal Keith McKenzie is on scene of a minor bus accident Thursday afternoon in downtown Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Richmond Senior High School Principal Keith McKenzie is on scene of a minor bus accident Thursday afternoon in downtown Rockingham.

The length of the right side of the bus grazed the telephone pole.

McKenzie said nine high school students and four Ninth Grade Academy students were on board when the incident occurred. No injuries were apparent, but McKenzie said EMS personnel were called to the scene. One female student subsequently reported back pain and was transported to FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital in Rockingham.

The remaining 12 students were picked up by another bus and taken home. McKenzie said each student’s parent or guardian had been contacted to notify them of their late arrival.

Six Rockingham Police Department vehicles, including two unmarked patrol cars, responded to the scene, as did McKenzie, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services Dennis Quick and Richmond County Schools maintenance personnel.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com A Rockingham Police Department officer takes a photo of some of the damage to the bus caused when the driver turned the corner and grazed a telephone pole.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
A Rockingham Police Department officer takes a photo of some of the damage to the bus caused when the driver turned the corner and grazed a telephone pole.

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