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School bus, vehicle crash in Holly Springs

Posted March 7, 2011

A school bus and vehicle crashed at N.C. Highway 55 and Old Smithfield Road in Holly Springs around 7 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2011.
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— Five people were taken to a hospital Monday after a school bus and GMC Envoy crashed at N.C. Highway 55 and Old Smithfield Road in Holly Springs around 7:20 a.m., according to authorities.

The bus was heading to Lufkin Road Middle School when it was T-boned by the SUV, police said.

Two students and the bus driver complained of stiffness in their necks, authorities said.

The SUV driver, a 17-year-old student at Holly Springs High School, and her 15-year-old passenger were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

Holly Springs police said they planned to charge the SUV driver with failing to yield at a stop sign.

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  • smartmissa Mar 8, 2011

    In case anyone was wondering, the two girls in the car are going to be okay. They're expected to be released from the hospital at the end of the week.

  • NoObamaCare Mar 7, 2011

    I highly doubt the bus drivers are speaking to 911 when they are on their cells. It is more likely they are talking to their boo about their plans for that afternoon!

  • NC Reader Mar 7, 2011

    "I have on several occasions noticed school bus drivers talking on cell phones while driving a bus loaded with kids. Could this be related to the increase of school bus accidents?"

    Our bus driver has used a cell phone to dial 911 to report cars that passed when the bus's red lights were flashing. Unfortunately, those incidents have risen, and although I don't think drivers should use cell phones, I think there should be exceptions to report exceedingly dangerous behavior, such as drivers who appear to be drunk or drivers who pass stopped school buses.

  • Love-laugh Mar 7, 2011

    Bullfrog, Your thought is very likely, but from what I have observed driving in this less than safe area, it could have just as well been the suv driver on a cell phone.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Mar 7, 2011

    decern, then why are you spending your time posting on a forum if you are worried about your child? Again, do you want them to make the information up so you can "know" what's going on with your child?

  • 426X3 Mar 7, 2011

    I have on several occasions noticed school bus drivers talking on cell phones while driving a bus loaded with kids. Could this be related to the increase of school bus accidents?

  • _kommon_sense_ Mar 7, 2011

    When you have kids being sexually assaulted and kidnapped at bus stops...Do you really think it is a good idea to have them walking the streets anymore than necessary?

  • wakeresident Mar 7, 2011

    I have to agree with pseudonym. I can't figure out why the kids can't walk one fricking block. Especially the middle school kids. Kindergarteners shouldn't walk on a busy road, but the ones I see are very much old enough to look both ways...

  • decern Mar 7, 2011

    @Hopingforabetterworld, I am right around the corner from the area and had a kid on a bus at that time.. so my concerns were more than curiosity.

  • decern Mar 7, 2011

    Yeah, I know they tell what they know.. but I don't think it would be that difficult to find out at least what school the bus was headed to. I found out from other sources, so it is available.

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