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Dozens of reservists injured in bus crash

Posted August 23, 2013
Updated August 24, 2013

— A bus carrying Army reservists from Salisbury overturned Friday afternoon outside Charlotte. 

The 45 people on the bus were members of the Army Reserve 991st Transportation Company, and they were returning home from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

More than 20 people were injured in the crash, authorities said.  A female passenger was taken from the scene in a helicopter. Kim Sellers, spokeswoman for the City of Mooresville, said at least 11 people were taken to area hospitals, and one was in critical condition.

The crash happened just before 3 p.m. on N.C. Highway 150 (Oakridge Farm Highway). The bus driver slowed down for turning traffic, and the bus slid to the right and tipped over onto its side. The driver, Christopher Scott Reed, 42, of Randleman, has been charged with lane control violation, officials said.

Tammy Canipe witnessed the crash. She said her neighbor was stopped along the highway and was waiting to make a left turn. 

"He was stopped waiting for traffic, and he could see in his rear view mirror the bus coming up," Canipe said.  Bus crash Reservists injured in bus crash

The unhurt troops pulled their gear out of the bus's cargo holds and helped with the emergency response after the crash. 

According to Canipe the spot of the highway is known for accidents.

"There is a bank there and there is nothing he could do and it fell over," she said. 

Darin Smith of Holiday Tours said the company, based in Randleman, is still investigating the wreck and that company officials are at the scene.



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  • RudeDawg Aug 26, 2013

    Were they National Guard or Army Reserve. The headline says NG and the story reads AR. They are not the same.

    The NC Army National Guard is a reserve componet of the US Army. They have two chains of command. one with the president as Commander in Chief, the other includes Gov. McCrory. they are the branch of the Army that is typically mobilized to help with natural disasters. but they also can be called to active duty to fill out the ranks of the "sister unit" active duty unit that it is attached to. the unit I used to belong to served a year tour deployed in Iraq.

  • ims1924 Aug 23, 2013

    Were they National Guard or Army Reserve. The headline says NG and the story reads AR. They are not the same.

  • sinenomine Aug 23, 2013

    I was in the North Carolina National Guard for many years and this hits home.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 23, 2013

    Open - "The 991st Transportation Company? *Transportation*? That is just wrong!"

    What's wrong?

    Transportation Companies in the military basically plan and carry out all of the logistics for the movement of troops and their equipment.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 23, 2013

    Awww geez! Haven't they been through enough!?!

    Praying for all the injured, and for their loved ones waiting for their return.

  • CharmedLife Aug 23, 2013

    Thanks, Civil. Unfortunatly I cannot access everything at work, not even the photos! Thanks again!!!

  • Civil4Mind Aug 23, 2013

    RaisinCake... its under the pictures when you're going through them.. Welcome home battles... seems mission is never done. Great job helping one another. Hooah!

  • OpenM1nd Aug 23, 2013

    The 991st Transportation Company? *Transportation*? That is just wrong! I hope that everyone is going to be OK.

  • CharmedLife Aug 23, 2013

    Does anyone know where in the article is says these guys/gals came from overseas?? I only see where it says they came from the airport and were on their way to Salsbury. Anyway, hate it that it happened anyhow. Prayers to those involved.

  • bettyboopr2 Aug 23, 2013

    prayers going out.....