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School bus, pickup collide in Durham; 3 students suffer minor injuries

Posted September 12, 2014

A school bus was involved in a wreck Friday morning in Durham, officials said. (Photo by Gene Raffel)
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— Three elementary school students were taken to Duke University Medical Center with minor injuries early Friday after a Durham school bus was hit by a pickup truck.

The wreck happened at about 8 a.m. near the intersection of East Lavender Avenue and Roxboro Street. The driver of the pickup truck was also taken to the hospital.

Five students were on board the bus at the time of the wreck, and they were being taken to Merrick-Moore Elementary and Glen Elementary, Durham Public Schools officials said.

The two students who weren't injured were taken to school.


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  • Greg Walker Sep 12, 2014
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    No, far from being a tree hugger. Just tired of seeing mostly big trucks/SUVs involved in stuff like this and/or sliding all over the roads when the weather is bad. Remember the last big snow storm? I know my little Altima passed a DOZEN trucks/SUVs who couldn't drive 3 feet because the owner was too dense to realize if you're going to buy those big monsters you have to keep an eye on your tire tread. I know you think you're safe because you're in a big truck but you're basically driving an elephant on ice skates. And...maybe pay a little more attention to your parking. If it takes you 5 minutes to park or back out of a parking spot and you still can't keep it between the lines, maybe go with a sedan.

  • Brenda Love Sep 12, 2014
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    If it is the truck driver's fault, he is going to get BURNED UP by his insurance, they don't look too kindly upon school bus incidents.

  • Rollin Like PDoobie Sep 12, 2014

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    Hugged a tree lately? I respect our environment and do everything possible to preserve what we have. With that said, I also LOVE to enjoy our natural resources which requires the use of a giant ****-box truck to tow my camper to said resources. Lighten up a bit...

  • Kristin Byrne Sep 12, 2014
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    Well, aren't you special?

    Riding the bus was sometimes my favorite part of school. I'm glad my mom wasn't a snob and need to drive me everywhere. Fun times were had on the big, yellow bus!

  • oneday8035 Sep 12, 2014

    I'm glad that all the kids are okay. It's not always the driver of the vehicle that is at fault. I have a certain school bus that will turn in front of me at least once a week. While the big yellow bus is not hard to see it is also a big target to miss when it is coming right for you. That being said, my hat goes off to anyone with the guts to drive a school bus.

  • Classified Sep 12, 2014

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    My, my, aren't we just a little disconnected from reality. Life must be grand up in the ivory tower.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 12, 2014

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    If there's a bus that can take your child, it's a huge waste for you to do the same. All of us, always, lead by example and your child will absorb and inherit your entitlement attitude.

  • Classified Sep 12, 2014

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    I doubt most rational people would even acknowledge the size, shape, mpg or tonnage of the vehicle involved. Sounds more like a personal issue.

  • luvstoQ Sep 12, 2014

    PTRRRK1, really, you would 'never' let your child ride a school bus! Good for you, but for some of us it works.

    Riding a bus had 'nothing' to do with this - accidents happen - you could be hit 'driving' your child to school yourself!!!

    I rode the bus all my school years, so did my three children - nary an accident!

    Some of us don't feel 'entitled' to be too good for school's transportation!

  • Greg Walker Sep 12, 2014
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    I think we were all shocked to see a giant pickup involved in a crash in the Raleigh-Durham area. Here's a good rule of thumb...if you have problems PARKING your giant ****-box SUV/pickup, maybe don't try to drive it near school buses and children.