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School bus crashes into Cary woods after driver has medical emergency; no kids injured

Posted May 31

— A school bus carrying 26 students crashed into a wooded area in Cary Wednesday morning after the driver suffered a medical emergency, police said.

Officers responded to the crash around 7:30 a.m at N.C. Highway 55 and Highfield Avenue.

The driver has been identified as Quan Terrell Scott of Durham.

The bus was traveling south on NC-55 in the right lane. According to the accident report, Scott "passed out" and the bus ran off the right side of the road and into the woods.

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The bus was on its way to Triangle Math and Science Academy, a public charter school. The students ranged from kindergarten through 10th grade."

The school's dean said the driver stopped the bus before blacking out. The bus then slowly rolled onto the sidewalk and then into the woods.

All of the students had exited the bus before emergency responders arrived at the scene.

None of the students was injured, other than a few scrapes, and the Scott was taken to the hospital.

"Oh my gosh I was so happy the kids were OK, every single one of them," witness Mary Angelo said. "There were a couple dozen kids, young kids, and the bus driver was OK, apparently, because he walked out with the kids as I well."

School officials sent several emails to parents this morning, and called them as well to let them know what happened. They say each child who came on to school has spoken with a school social worker and a nurse aid, and all have spoken with their parents.

School bus crashes into Cary woods after driver has medical emergency; no kids injured

School bus crashes into Cary woods after driver has medical emergency; no kids injured

School bus crashes into Cary woods after driver has medical emergency; no kids injured

"I thought I was going to die sort of," said fifth-grader Siddharth Achanta. "He said brace yourselves this might hurt a little for some of us."

"I was in the front and in the mirror you could see his face, and it looked like he was waking up, and then there's this gap and we went straight through all the way down, and he sort of woke up after that."

The students rode home in the afternoon with a different bus driver on a different bus. The school principal also rode with the students.

"I felt more safe because rather than having just one adult, we had two," Achanta said.

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