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Car passenger killed in wreck involving school bus

Posted September 27, 2010

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— A teenaged passenger in a car involved in a collision with a Wake County school bus died Monday evening as a result of injuries sustained in the wreck, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

The bus and car collided at about 4 p.m. at Falls of Neuse and Harps Mill roads in north Raleigh.

No students were on the school bus at the time of the crash and the bus driver was not injured, Wake schools spokesman Michael Evans said.

A 14-year-old male in the car died. A 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male were also in the car. They were transported to WakeMed for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Sughrue said.

Police have not released more details, including the identities of those in the car.

Alex Lando’s said his parent’s car was also hit by the school bus.

“They saw the bus very quickly coming towards their car and the bus hit their hood,” Lando said.

Lando said his parent’s car was damaged, but the couple wasn't injured.

The wreck caused traffic delays in the area. All roads were reopened by 10 p.m.

The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

Police ask anyone who saw the collision occur or who observed the involved vehicles immediately prior to the crash to call 919-996-3350.


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  • FE Sep 28, 2010

    "because they teens"

    What a patently RIDICULOUS statement....

  • barbara28 Sep 28, 2010

    what about free speech golo cancel your comments section you are prejudice you only post what you like

  • barbara28 Sep 28, 2010

    what is wrong with this picture the police charges the teen driver without all the facts because they teens. some of the school buss drivers drive like reckless drivers also and speed. but if the police has nothing to go on charge the teenager easy and case closed.

  • Adelinthe Sep 28, 2010

    The street where we use to live had a 25 mph speed limit. The buses flew through there at 45 mph or more - even at 6 am when they couldn't see past their headlights to see the kids they were picking up.

    I called the school district and invited them to sit in my driveway to monitor the activity. They said they couldn't park a government vehicle on private land.

    What a bunch of hooey!!! The cops and firetrucks had no qualms about doing it when we had our BBQ smoker going and a neighbor though our barn was on fire.

    So the school honchos know this is going on, and they stick their heads in the sand and avoid dealing with it.


    Not saying that's what happened here. Don't know what happened here. Just know what happened in our case, every single dadburned morning.

    God bless.


  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Sep 28, 2010

    To those that have posted assuming the bus was at fault...read the updated article.

  • YourMom Sep 28, 2010

    "Age is irrelevant, what is relevant is skills and competence...." YA RECKON
    This is soooo true.

  • FE Sep 28, 2010

    A reasonable person would conclude that the accident was caused by inattention (driver focusing on something else at the time) and/or inexperience (not realizing the effect of wet pavement and stopping distances) combined with the usual heavy traffic conditions on Falls of Neuse Road.

    For those perhaps blaming the bus driver, it is highly unlikely that a vehicle hit from behind can be deemed at fault.

    The comments on headlights in the rain are true: In NC, it is the law to turn them on (aside from common sense). I am always amazed at the drivers who fail to do so in the rain - almost want the newspapers to put a banner "Hey, it's raining today - you MUST turn on your headlights!!" Or at least have the DOT fire up the electronic billboards with a similar message. These are probably the same drivers who you see in the early morning darkness without any lights on.

    My last couple of cars (and those of my children) have had daylight running lights...best money I ever spent!


  • kikinc Sep 28, 2010

    nyncwork1-I guess I was just lucky! I really liked the driver's ed course I had to take. I learned a lot from my instructor. I got a lot of time behind the wheel with my parents as well, but they're not trained to instruct as they're riding with you, like the driver's ed instructors are.

  • Adelinthe Sep 28, 2010

    Awww, praying for those who loved him and for those injured and healing.

    God bless.


  • aspenstreet1717 Sep 28, 2010

    get the bus number? I have gone into full avoidance mode at the Falls bridge when the buses are flying down the hill back to the High school.