10/24/12 217 W, 2 I - + 7 - 6 Two Times Two Plus One School Bus Accidents Today

Five (!) school buses collided today in two separate accidents in western and central North Carolina. The first collision occurred at 9:55 a.m. in Marshall in Madison County. A chain-reaction accident involving three county activity buses and a pick-up truck happened on U.S. 25-70 near the Madison campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical College.

One of the buses left the roadway, traveled down a hill (!), and crashed into the side of the school building (!!). Forty-eight middle-school students and one adult were injured. They were transported to two hospitals. Read the Citizen Times story. Anyone have a run down on the run card for that one!?

The second accident occurred in Youngsville just after 3:00 p.m. Two buses transporting elementary school students crashed at the intersection of Bert Winston and Hicks roads. The head-on collision injured both drivers and ten (or more) students. Read the WRAL story. Or the WTVD story, which cites fifteen patients transported to Franklin Regional Hospital and WakeMed North.

(Brings to mind the activity bus accident in Cary on Highway 64 on December 10, 2010. Three buses with about 133 occupants. Thirty-six patients transported with minor injuries. Four fire companies, fifteen ambulances, four EMS supervisors, and more. See photos from that incident by Mike Legeros.)

WLOS photo

WRAL photo

There was a bad accident involving a school bus and a motorcycle yesterday in Johnston County as well. It was in the 50-210 area, but didn’t see it anywhere on the news.
Scannerman - 10/25/12 - 08:13

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