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Third vehicle sought in fatal crash of Jeep, school bus

Posted January 5, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Cary police say the driver of a third vehicle might have caused the fatal crash of a Jeep Grand Cherokee and school bus Monday morning.

The Jeep driver, Lincoln Ross Woods, 25, of Cary, died in the crash on Morrisville Carpenter Road around 9 a.m., police said.

Woods worked as an air traffic controller at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

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Police said that the bus driver and an independent witness told them that a silver Taurus ran a stop sign at Good Hope Church Road. The bus driver swerved to avoid the Taurus and hit the Jeep on the driver's side. The driver of the Taurus kept on going, headed in the direction of Morrisville, police said.

"It's just one of those situations where just a little minor mistake on one or two people's behalves winds us up with a very serious consequence," Capt. Mike Williams said. 

The bus driver was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, Wake County school officials said.

The driver of bus No. 1137 had just finished dropping off students at Cedar Fork Elementary, so no students were on board during the wreck, said Greg Thomas, Wake County schools' director of communication.

Police reopened the intersection after what they described as a careful and thorough investigation of the wreck.

"They (wrecks) are difficult because you have to go back and look at every piece of evidence at the scene to try and piece everything back together," Williams said.

The investigation, though, won't be complete until police can talk to the driver of the silver Taurus, police said. They urged anyone with information about the driver to call Cary Police at 919-469-4012.

"We treat this just as serious as we do a death investigation or a homicide. Somebody has lost their life here," Williams said.

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  • Lyle Jan 6, 2009

    am i missing something here? yeah the taurus was wrong for running the stop sign but where is the blame for the bus driver for smashing into this guy instead of hitting the dude at fault....
    any1butcarolina0405

    Yep! You're missing something here.......intelligence.

  • any1butcarolina0405 Jan 6, 2009

    am i missing something here? yeah the taurus was wrong for running the stop sign but where is the blame for the bus driver for smashing into this guy instead of hitting the dude at fault....

  • Journey985 Jan 6, 2009

    Well like Leo4NC stated earlier, it would be intersting to see the cell phone records for the bus driver, to either rule out or confirm whether or not the driver contributed to the accident.

  • endless Jan 6, 2009

    Journey - trying to remember - but i do not think it rained yesterday during the morning. Not sure, but no precipitation and no wet roads. People wondered why the intersection was closed for 5 hours - police have to take measurements and investigate. Did the Jeep Grand Cherokee contribute? Any info on missing third car. And of course difficulty in removing a huge school bus from the scene!

  • Journey985 Jan 6, 2009

    Well, I understand the "independent witness" statement, but as for skid marks on a wet road? And we all know just how swift the Cary PD is when it comes to determining who's at fault (personal experience) But if there is truly a silver Taurus that caused this, then I hope they do find the person driving, and I pray for the family of the deceased.

  • uknowsomuch Jan 6, 2009

    Journey, there were other witnesses and I am sure that the Cary PD would not be searching for another vehicle if the tire marks and other evidence contradicted the bus driver. Something was there (skid marks?)and enough witnesses stated it for them to react.

  • endless Jan 6, 2009

    Journey - from the story -

    Police said that the bus driver and an **independent witness** told them that a silver Taurus ran a stop sign at Good Hope Church Road. The bus driver swerved to avoid the Taurus and hit the Jeep on the driver's side. The driver of the Taurus kept on going, headed in the direction of Morrisville, police said.

  • uknowsomuch Jan 6, 2009

    Lyle, Sge and Sunshine. Thank you for taking the time to post recently. You are all correct, I drive a bus, and I have driven this intersection...it is very narrow with NO room for error with a vehicle this size. Bottom line is this....the Taurus put the bus driver and Mr. Lincoln in this terrible position. The actions of the Taurus driver resulted in all of the reactions and the aftermath. Without the Taurus, all would have been normal.

    No one knows exactly what they will do until they are in that situation. I hope and pray that I never have to face that same decision.

  • beachbum1 Jan 6, 2009

    Police said that the bus driver and an independent witness told them that a silver Taurus ran a stop sign at Good Hope Church Road.

    So the answer is yes, someone else saw it. Wonder if it's a car that was not use to going that route.

  • Journey985 Jan 6, 2009

    Just a question, and I am not sure if anyone else has raised this point, Do we KNOW the bus driver is telling the truth? Are there other witness also claiming they say this silver Taurus run the stop sign? I mean we all know that Wake Co. bus drivers have been caught on camera talking on cell phones,and they never make mistakes. Is it possible the bus driver is not trying to cover up their mistake by claiming another car caused this? Just a question.

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