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Goldsboro School Bus, Car Accident Sends Nine To Hospital

Posted April 20, 2004

— Nine people, including six students, were injured after a car that ran a red light collided with a Wayne County school bus Tuesday morning.

Authorities say the school bus was driving down Walnut Street heading toward the Slocum Street intersection when it was involved in the collision with the car.

The bus then hit a telephone pole before hitting a tree head-on. School officals said one female student was thrown over the seats. She landed on part of the engine that was pushed inside the bus.

All the students and the bus driver were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The impact of the crash sent the car across the street, where it ran into the front steps of the Here We Grow Child Care Center. Two workers were sitting outside of the day-care center when the accident happened.

"When I turned around, I could see the bus when it hit the tree. The car kept coming this way so I jumped out of the way to keep the car from hitting me and it hit the steps," day-care worker Marian Lance said. "I thank the Lord today that I am alive because I could have been dead today."

The other day-care worker was struck by debris from the crash and taken to a local hospital with an injury to her leg.

None of the children at the day-care center were injured.

Authorities said Nakia Bryant, who was driving the car that ran the red light, was driving with a revoked license. Authorities said they plan to charge her with causing the accident.

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