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School bus snags power lines in Durham

Posted May 14, 2012

— A school bus snagged power lines outside Parkwood Baptist Church in Durham Monday afternoon, sending sparks flying and the children on board back to school.

A witness reported hearing two loud explosions as the bus passed.

Police said a transformer snapped, but no one was hurt. Power lines were down across Emerald Circle.

The children were helped off the bus and walked back to nearby Parkwood Elementary School.



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  • backwack May 15, 2012

    An important point though is also the standards and monitoring that DPS has for it's bus drivers. My kids don't ride the bus, but I have had to call in many times this year alone where bus drivers were making terrible driving decisions putting children at risk. This may not be one of those examples, but something should be done to protect the kids.

  • FlySwater May 15, 2012

    It's their facebook account, and they'd like to leave the office by 5pm.

  • choppercharles May 15, 2012

    What's even better is the Parkwood Elementary school is hiding this. They're deleting posts to the school's facebook wall and blocking posters who ask questions or repost these pictures. They're actively attempting to hide this from parents.

  • FlySwater May 15, 2012

    We are not spending enough for smaller school buses that won't snag power lines.

  • Comfortably Numb May 15, 2012

    Those kids were too close to those lines. At that age they act on impulse. What would have happened if they ran into them or grabbed them??? What is wrong with adults today? I would have put those kids inside of a building asap.

  • kbird May 15, 2012

    After reading "Chopper Charles'" comments all I can say is unbelievable. I do not know how children make it into adulthood these days. It seems that no one has any common sense anymore!!!

  • choppercharles May 15, 2012

    I heard the explosions, looked out the window, saw the power lines falling and a cloud of smoke, then grabbed my camera and ran outside while dialing 911. There were no children anywhere near the bus, and I did not take photos until after I was off the phone with 911. It was 3:58 when I took my first photo. Children did not approach the bus until 4:02. I snapped a few shots while I again called 911 and told them to hurry, the teachers were trying to load the kids on the bus. At that point a neighbor ran over and tried to warn them away from the bus, and I hung up with 911 and shot the remainder of the photos.


  • choppercharles May 15, 2012

    Fuquay Resident, school here lets out at 3:30. Kids then walk across the street to the after-school program at the Parkwood Baptist church. This accident happened right before 4pm. I only assume the bus takes the kids home at some point, but I don't have kids so I am not familiar with the schedules.

  • mightiess May 15, 2012

    I agree with choppercharles (the photographer of the photos in this story). The entire account of what happened is not mentioned here.

    Check out his series of photos, ALL seven of them: http://choppercharles.com/photos/lines

    Plus, why didn't WRAL investigate? Where is the statement from DPS? Parkwood Elementary? The bus driver? Parkwood Fire Department? A Parkwood Parent?

    Thanks, Charles, for bringing this to our attention.
    Sarah, a Parkwood resident

  • choppercharles May 15, 2012

    First, the street is Clermont Road, not Emerald Circle. Second, the bus snagged the power lines in the parking lot, not on the street. Third, the kids were not on the bus to begin with, they were waiting outside the day care to get on the bus. Fourth, you didn't even bother to report on the IMPORTANT part of the story - the complete and total irresponsibility of the adults involved, as they allowed the children to approach the (LIVE) downed power lines and even appeared to be preparing to load them onto the bus - which was still tangled in the power lines. Check out the REST of my photos: http://choppercharles.com/photos/lines
    Kids playing within 2 or 3 feet of live power lines, and teachers preparing to load kids onto a bus that is currently tangled in live power lines. Why did this part of the story get no coverage?