Update: School buses collide on Fox Road

Staff report

Two Richmond County school buses were traveling in opposite direction this morning when they came too close to each other and clipped mirrors, according to a statement from Mallory Brown, public information officer for Richmond County Schools.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

At approximately 6:50 a.m. Thursday, Bus 162 and Bus 208 were going in opposite directions on Fox Road near Marston when they clipped mirrors. Brown said the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the incident and that none of the high school or middle school students were transferred for additional medical treatment.

“According to the RCS Transportation Department, Highway Patrol was unable to determine fault due to the narrow width of the road,” Brown wrote in an email to The Pee Dee Post.

One parent contacted the Post and said the buses were on scene for nearly two hours and that two female students suffered injuries by shattered glass. The mother expressed concern that she was not notified by the school about the incident.

In an email update Firday morning, Brown said that “once school officials arrived on the scene, they contacted the parents of the two students who reported personal injuries. Officials then sent the appropriate schools a list of students that were riding the buses involved in the accident.”

Brown noted that “by 7:45 a.m., both buses had resumed their route.”

Brown said previously told the Post that 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.

This makes at least two incidents this school year. On Aug. 27, a school bus and truck collided in what was described as a minor accident along Highway 177 south of Hamlet.

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