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Nash school bus overturns; no serious injuries reported

Posted April 2, 2014

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— A school bus driver was suspended Wednesday after his bus overturned on Boddie Mill Pond Road in Nash County as he was taking students to school, officials said.

No serious injuries were reported. The driver, Domenick Terrell Battle, and six students were taken to Nash General Hospital as a precaution.

Two other students aboard the bus were picked up by their parents and taken to school.

Officials said Battle, 24, was driving the students to Nashville Elementary School when he lost control and ran off the road about 7:30 a.m. 

Battle was suspended with pay pending an investigation. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Jackson said the suspension is standard procedure for school bus drivers who are cited while on duty.

"Mr. Battle is fully cooperating in the investigation, and we appreciate all that he did for the students in the immediate aftermath of the accident," Jackson said in a statement.

He also praised Nashville Elementary Principal Sharon Huneycutt and school nurse Misti Phillips for taking care of students at the scene and contacting parents.

"They are to be commended for a job well done," he said. "We are fortunate that this was not more serious."

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  • Chase Truman Apr 2, 2014
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    Is it just me or does there seem to have been a lot of accidents with school buses lately? Cars hitting buses, buses not passing inspections, buses rolling over. What's going on?

  • Nancy Martin Apr 2, 2014
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    Actually, it would be worse with seat belts. If they are not put on properly, they can damage internal organs (small children), and the older students jam them intentionally.
    The buses are built with a high floor to raise them above the impact zone of the majority of vehicles, the seat backs are padded and high to protect students when jostled in an accident.
    If this accident was a bus with seatbelts, the kids would have been hanging or worse.

  • BeKind Apr 2, 2014

    School buses need seatbelts. Children would be safer and not get bumped around in accidents. Use lottery money for seatbelts!!!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 2, 2014

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    Seems like the real blessing would be to no turn over the bus in the first place, right?

  • Kimberly Daniel Apr 2, 2014
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    Didn't say everyone was looking for a free babysitter, but some are. Since many replies are quoting mine and acting as if I was saying it was a good idea, let me be very clear, I don't believe it would work in our society at all. Maybe in some idealized future society (but probably not) but not here. On top of all the issues already mentioned, a big side effect of school is socialization. We would be turning out adults who had no idea how to interact face to face. Unless we were all going to also work from home on computers (tried it, hated it) these people would be total fish out of water in the real world.

  • anon022 Apr 2, 2014

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    The idea is great but how am I supposed to school my children while I'm at work? By the time I get off work and get dinner made, baths for everyone, I don't have time to fit hours worth of schooling into a short amount of time. And then I'd be paying for daycare while I am at work on top of that. So the theory is too flawed. I'm not looking for a 'free babysitter', I just simply don't have time to do all that and make a living at the same time.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 2, 2014

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    "needlessly"???

    So you don't care about the children of other people who were on the bus then? smh

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 2, 2014

    Blessed no one was hurt, but what made the bus driver drive off the road to begin with?

  • beaupeep Apr 2, 2014

    At the time of my post, it named a school only. Every single parent at that school with a kid on a bus had to worry...needlessly.

  • Mannin Black Apr 2, 2014
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    Shows how much education this person has. Thinks there were buses back then.

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