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Campbell University student hit by bus remains in hospital

Posted April 18, 2013

— A Campbell University student who was hit by a charter bus last week remained hospitalized Thursday in serious condition, offiicials said.

William Lawrence, a freshman from Belmont, was admitted to WakeMed in critical condition following the April 11 accident on U.S. Highway 421 in Buies Creek.

Lawrence was injured when he crossed the road about 3 p.m. and was struck by the bus, which was carrying workers with the North Carolina Grower’s Association from Kinston to Vass.

University officials said the driver told investigators that Lawrence did not look toward the bus as he was crossing and that the driver didn’t see him until it was too late.


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  • wikidsassy Apr 25, 2013

    I travel this road daily, some times multiple times and something needs to be done about this crossway. It's dimly lit at night and often students aren't even watching for cars, they are crossing expecting because there is a flashing yellow light and a crosswalk people are going to stop. I am sure Campbell U can afford to put in an under ground tunnel or overhead walkway. There are police there frequently and I rarely see someone travelling over 45...but the crosswalk is on a crest of a hill and people just aren't expecting it on a 4 line highway...

  • mattcli Apr 19, 2013

    It's rare for anyone to slow down through this section even though it's clearly 45. People need to start slowing down so they can pay better attention. I don't think they understand that's why the limit is lower. Either that or they just don't care which is most likely the case.

  • ncsislamesauce Apr 18, 2013

    I would imagine he'll be in there for a while. Being hit by a bus that is travelling between 45-55mph is like jumping from a 4-5 story building and hitting the ground.

    He's lucky to be alive.

  • PracticalMagick Apr 18, 2013

    I sure hope this young man recovers well!