Driver suspended after Johnston school bus overturns
Posted December 1, 2011
Smithfield, N.C. — Johnston County Schools has suspended a school bus driver whose bus overturned Tuesday afternoon near Kenly.
Pamela Pierce Harper was distracted by the dozen or so North Johnston High School and North Johnston Middle School students on the bus at the time and lost control of the bus, authorities said. She went off the right side of Oliver Road, over-corrected and drove into a ditch on the left side of the road, causing the bus to overturn.
No serious injuries were reported, but three students were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital as a precaution.
The State Highway Patrol cited Harper, 43, of Selma, with failure to maintain lane control.
School district spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said Harper is suspended with pay pending an internal review of the incident. She has worked for the district as both a driver and a child nutrition assistant since 1998, Sessoms said.