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Falling tree smashes Franklin school bus

Posted December 6, 2013

In what state troopers called a "freak accident," a large oak tree fell onto the engine compartment of a school bus in Franklin County on Dec. 6, 2013.

— In what State Highway Patrol troopers called a "freak accident," a large oak tree fell onto the engine compartment of a school bus in Franklin County early Friday.

None of the 20 or so students on board were injured, but officials said the driver was treated for an injured wrist.

The tree landed on the bus shortly after 7 a.m. on N.C. Highway 98 about three miles west of Bunn, Highway Patrol officials said.

"You wouldn't expect to be driving down the road and a tree just fall across the road, but (the driver) was attentive enough that she saw the tree falling and attempted to brake," Franklin County Schools spokesman Tommy Piper said. "She did a great job."

The bus, which was taking children to Bunn High School, was significantly damaged.

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  • southernborn24 Dec 6, 3:12 p.m.

    I can't believe so many of you would rather make snide remarks about the reporting, etc., rather than just be glad none of these children were injured. Had the tree hit a little further back this could have been very serious. What is wrong with you?

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Dec 6, 2:13 p.m.

    The problem with most news stories is that rather than gathering all the facts, they report incomplete information that makes no sense so that people like me are then required to comment about a non-story.

    BubbaDukeforPresident
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    Judging from your comment, if the opposite were true and WRAL (or any other outlet) had waited until they knew every little detail before reporting the story, you would have slammed them for being to slow.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Dec 6, 2:11 p.m.

    Where is the "tree crossing" sign. Isn't there someone can be sued? LOL- glad no one was hurt.

  • xylem01 Dec 6, 1:56 p.m.

    Was the driver charged with failure to remove a vehicle from lane of traffic like the Bojangle's driver earlier? If not, what charges are there going to be?

  • kikinc Dec 6, 12:25 p.m.

    "News police? Didn't know there was a job like that!"

    It's one step below the grammar police.

  • Whosays Dec 6, 12:00 p.m.

    Wow, I am so glad the students were not hurt.

  • Hatchcover Dec 6, 11:40 a.m.

    "required to comment" - BubbaDukeforPresident

    News police? Didn't know there was a job like that!

  • richardsonr6 Dec 6, 11:37 a.m.

    Yeah not sure what the complaint is either... Sounds professional and consise.. some people just have something to complain about...

  • Backpacker Dec 6, 11:31 a.m.

    "The problem with most news stories is that rather than gathering all the facts, they report incomplete information that makes no sense so that people like me are then required to comment about a non-story."

    And of course, where would we be without your comment to point this out for us. Jeesh.

  • seankelly15 Dec 6, 11:29 a.m.

    BubbaDukeforPresident - I am not sure I understand what your complaint is with respect to the headline. I understood the ehadline and the story was consistent with the headline. "Their" is plural, true, but in professional/technical writing you are told not to use personal pronouns - thus, their becomes appropriate (used after an indefinite singular antecedent in place of the definite form his or her).

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