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Police: Distracted driving led to Wake school bus crash

Posted April 22, 2015

Eight students were taken to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after a Wake County school bus and a car collided on Wade Avenue in Raleigh.
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— Distracted driving caused a school bus crash in Raleigh that sent 9 children to the hospital Tuesday, according to a police report.

No injuries were reported in the crash, which happened on Wade Avenue between St. Mary’s Street and Glenwood Avenue, but the children were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

In the report released Wednesday, officers said bus driver Angela Hunter Williams was distracted by the students on the bus and nearly collided with a vehicle. She swerved to avoid that vehicle, then collided with a car driven by Carlos Ovidio Vasquez.

Vasquez’s car was pushed into a utility pole.

Police said no charges were filed in the crash.

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  • Alexia Proper Apr 23, 2015
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    Why do you want charges? I can see giving the driver a ticket, if that's what you mean. But do you want something more with these "charges" you demand? Just relax. The world is still spinning.

  • Dominic Leuci Apr 23, 2015
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    I guess they don't make them like they used to...my bus driver would pull over, park the bus and lecture us if we got too loud/distracting.

  • Pam Snyder Apr 23, 2015
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    I get being distracted, I really do. However, why we're no charges filed? I assume because no children were "hurt"? I am sure they were traumatized. Not all parents are able to drive their children to and from school. Parents count on the bus drivers to be able to drive safely. When I was in school my bus was loud like all buses but we had co-bus drivers. Cutting down on distractions. Which of course brings us to the $ issue. This doesn't seem feasible here. I think it could be a good idea though

  • Heather Evans Apr 23, 2015
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    So if my kids were distracting me and I hit someone in the rear end, does that mean I get off scot-free? Doubt it.

  • Alexia Proper Apr 23, 2015
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    Just have to blame somebody, huh? Well, if there is fault, it's the bus driver, not the kids. They're not the ones steering a multi-ton hunk of metal down the road.

  • Doug Bradley Apr 22, 2015
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    Yeah good luck with that.

  • Donald Holder Apr 22, 2015
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    I can certainly understand the bus driver being distracted by the students. If I had to drive a bus, the kids would sit in the order of their stop (1st one off at the front) and there would be no talking.

  • James Grimes Jr. Apr 22, 2015
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    Being the students caused the accident, I hope the utility company, the SUV driver, and the school system, can go after the parents of the students.