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13 injured after school bus wreck in Johnston County

Posted January 15

— A tractor-trailer driver was critically injured Wednesday morning when, authorities say, he hit a Johnston County school bus that was carrying a dozen children to a local middle school.

Kenneth Greene II was listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries Monday evening at WakeMed, following the crash near the intersection of Uzzle Industrial Drive and U.S. Highway 70 in Wilson Mills near Clayton.

Authorities say the bus, headed to Smithfield Middle School, had stopped just after 7 a.m. at Uzzle Drive to pick up children when the wreck happened.

Fog is believed to be a factor in the crash, and charges against Greene are pending, Wilson Mills police said.

"The fog was so thick, you couldn't really see anything," said Sylvia Venable, who lives near the bus stop.

Seven students and the driver of the bus were taken to local hospitals by emergency workers, and four other students were taken by parents following the wreck. None of their injuries were serious, and by Wednesday afternoon, they all had been treated and released from the hospital.

Some neighbors, including Venable, say they believe the bus stop is too close to the highway. She said she asked earlier in the school year for the school system to assign her child to another bus stop because of safety concerns.

"There's just too much that can happen out here on the highway to have your children, even your older ones, standing there waiting for the bus," Venable said.

Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Tracey Peedin Jones said the school system honors such requests.

"We do have students all over the county, so we do have bus stops on all of our streets and all of our roads, if they are state-maintained," she said. "If a parent does have a concern about a bus stop, then we do have a process for that."

Peedin Jones said the school system is reviewing safety at the stop of Wednesday morning's wreck.

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  • Fuquay Resident Jan 15, 7:57 p.m.

    "More bussing kids equals more accidents and more kids hurt. Another reason for neighborhood... View More

    — Posted by changedmyname

    Johnston County does have neighborhood schools.

  • changedmyname Jan 15, 7:35 p.m.

    "More bussing kids equals more accidents and more kids hurt. Another reason for neighborhood schools. — Posted by fifefan4life"

    I agree, but I think they should all be homeschooled it would save us tax money.

  • Alexia Jan 15, 5:09 p.m.

    I'm sure fog was a factor. Bad day for that truck driver. No excuse for running into the back... View More

    — Posted by living the dream

    Maybe there was. If the fog was so horrible, then it might have been impossible to see the bus. ... View More

    — Posted by Alexia

    The bus was not stopped on the highway. I travel this road everyday and have seen the bus... View More

    — Posted by JustaCitizen

    Were they attempting the turn? The WRAL article makes it sound like the bus stopped right on 70 to pick up kids. And you can see in the picture that they were not at the intersection. And at the intersection mentioned in the article, there is a turning lane. So, the bus should have been out of the main lanes if turning.

  • uncw05 Jan 15, 4:54 p.m.

    What terrible reporting. The frst article said 5 were injured then 9 now 13. How about reporting... View More

    — Posted by timetochange

    The facts were reported as they were at the time reported. If you look, some were taken later by their parents, so at the time the first numbers were reported, they were accurate.

  • JustaCitizen Jan 15, 4:31 p.m.

    I have driven this stretch of 70 to Goldsboro many times. I have seen fog so bad that you... View More

    — Posted by DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    Funny, there is no stoplight in that immediate area. Maybe a mile down the road. And if you have driven it numerous times then you should know where they are and slow down accordingly.

  • JustaCitizen Jan 15, 4:28 p.m.

    I'm sure fog was a factor. Bad day for that truck driver. No excuse for running into the back... View More

    — Posted by living the dream

    Maybe there was. If the fog was so horrible, then it might have been impossible to see the bus. ... View More

    — Posted by Alexia

    The bus was not stopped on the highway. I travel this road everyday and have seen the bus stopped on the road that turns off of 70 highway to pick up the kids. The bus was attempting to make a turn off the highway so they could stop safely on the side road.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 15, 4:27 p.m.

    Sure, charge the poor truck driver who is fighting for his life right now. Real nice NC SHP.

  • Alexia Jan 15, 4:20 p.m.

    "A car can collide with a tree."

    True, I've heard it before. "It jumped right out in front of... View More

    — Posted by 68_dodge_polara

    You're missing my point. The word "collide" does not mean two or more objects were moving, contrary to what Wikipedia says. The dictionary defines collide as two objects striking each other (usually violently). It does not say both must be moving.

  • musthavecoffee Jan 15, 4:04 p.m.

    More bussing kids equals more accidents and more kids hurt. Another reason for neighborhood schools.

    — Posted by fifefan4life

    Uh, Johnston County doesn't bus. Those kids are districted to Smithfield MS.

  • BEACH Jan 15, 3:54 p.m.

    Prayers fo r the kids and the truck driver, sure he did not mean to hit a school bus.

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