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Live wires fall on Durham school bus; children OK

Posted February 26, 2013

— A Durham school bus got snagged on a utility pole guide line Tuesday afternoon, causing the pole and live wires to fall on the bus, authorities said.

Bus 126, which was carrying 17 students from Burton and Harris elementary schools, was trying to turn around on the 400 block of Lakeland Street near Mathison Street when it struck and got caught in a guide wire, said school system spokesman Chip Sudderth.

The impact pulled the guide wire from the ground, causing the pole and power lines to lean down onto the bus.

Duke Energy was called to the scene and the power lines were turned off as a precaution.

Then, all the children got off the bus safely, police said.

Some of the students took a backup bus home and others were taken to Burton Elementary School to be picked up by their parents, Sudderth said. 

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  • Scubagirl Feb 26, 6:26 p.m.

    WHY is the bus turning around? Did they make a wrong turn? Is this part of the normal route, to have to turn around on a dead end street? If driver does this every day what happened different (other than getting snagged) today? Do they go to the end of a dead end street simply so kids don't have to walk 1-2 blocks to get on/off the bus?

  • LocalYokel Feb 26, 5:58 p.m.

    "it struck a utility pole guide line"

    What was the (bad) driver of the bus charged with?