Mooresville, N.C. — 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.
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.