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Drivers, students hurt in Franklin County school bus collision

Posted October 24, 2012
Updated October 25, 2012

— Two school buses crashed head-on Wednesday afternoon in Franklin County, injuring both drivers and 10 students, authorities said.

None of the injuries was life-threatening.

The crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. at the intersection of Bert Winston and Hicks roads in Youngsville.

The buses were carrying students from Youngsville and Franklinton elementary schools, according to Franklin County School System spokesman Joe Baisley.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the bus from Franklinton Elementary was turning left from Bert Winston Road onto Hicks Road when it crossed the center line and hit the second bus, which was stopped at the stop sign on Hicks Road.

Sainabou Darboe, 6, was on the first bus.

"(It was) kind of scary," she said. "There was a bus coming out. We were getting ready to go in and crashed."

Her mother took her to the hospital just in case, but Sainabou was not injured.

Franklin County bus crash Drivers, students hurt in Franklin County school bus collision

"I decided to bring her to the hospital and make sure she was OK," Mamanding Darboe said. "I was so scared, and I don't know, shocked."

Sainabou said she is thinking about her injured classmates.

"I was just worried for people who got hurt," she said.

The driver of the first bus, Toshona Wilkins, 25, was charged with driving left of center.

The injured drivers and students were taken to Wake Med North and Franklin Regional Medical Center, Baisley said. School personnel were on the scene and an additional bus was on the way to transport unhurt students home.


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  • CAROLINA43 Oct 25, 2012

    I drove a school bus in high school and they all had 'govenors' installed. Max speed: 35mph. Activity buses max speed: 45mph.

  • BSEE Oct 25, 2012

    I too drove a school bus during high school. I do not remember any such things happening during my time, but maybe they did and there was no internet to post the story. There does seem to be a rash of bus accidents lately.

  • godshelper Oct 25, 2012

    NOW that, is a waste of tax payers money. We already paid for those buses once, now we have to pay again. Wasted money, due to untrained drivers. There is no such a thing as an accident. Somebody messed up and caused a collison not an accident.

  • ncteacher22 Oct 25, 2012

    These facts are not correct...how the accident happened and who was driving which bus are incorrect. WRAL needs to correct and update the story based on information from the police.

  • emtpcrafter Oct 24, 2012

    there is not a stop sign on hicks for the way bus 200 was going. it looks like the bus 209 overcorrected after their turn. I am a parent at FES and our bus drivers are our teachers and assistants and other FES staff. All of our drivers in FCS receive bus training. Remember accidents happen to everyone. We have friends on both buses glad so far that everyone will be ok.

  • dgcreech Oct 24, 2012

    Jimmy - if you notice, the driver being charged is not 18, she is 35. Try again.

  • Jimmytwotimes Oct 24, 2012

    Keep hiring 18 year old urban kids to drive buses. glad i didn't die when i was on a bus, thought i was a few times.

  • lobgill7 Oct 24, 2012

    I actually drove a school bus back in 1970-1972, and was only sixteen starting out. I made four dollars a day.

  • Banned4Life Oct 24, 2012

    Three buses were in a wreck outside of Asheville this afternoon as well. Bad day for buses and the kids riding them.....

  • boolittlek Oct 24, 2012

    I remember, geosol. My sister rode a bus driven by another student at our high school. He was a good driver and sadly, ended up being killed by a drunk-driver (while driving his own car, not the bus).