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Students, drivers injured in school bus wreck near Johnston County school

Posted March 19, 2014

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— Nearly two dozen students were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday morning after the school bus they were on was involved in a wreck.

Forty-eight students were on the bus at the time of the accident, which happened at about 8:15 a.m. at the intersection of Greenleaf Road and N.C. Highway 50, near McGee's Crossroads Elementary School.

According to investigators, a red Mitsubishi Eclipse leaving the school failed to yield and was hit by a truck pulling a trailer. Both vehicles ran into the school bus, which was stopped on N.C. 50 waiting to turn into the school. 

Fifteen students were taken to three different hospitals - Smithfield, Clayton and WakeMed. All had minor injuries and were transported as a precaution.

The driver of the Eclipse, Michelle Gonzales, 25, of Angier, was taken to WakeMed with non-life threatening injuries.

The school bus driver, Robert Talton, 65, of Raleigh, was treated and released from WakeMed.

The dump truck driver, Joey Williams, 23, of Benson, was not hospitalized. 

Authorities closed N.C. 50 just south of N.C. Highway 210 for about two hours following the wreck.

Charges are pending in the ongoing investigation, authorities said.

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 19, 2014

    Prayers for them all.
    Have been at that intersection when school's letting out. So many of those parents drive like maniacs, like they think drivers going into or out of a school property have priority over ongoing road traffic or something.

  • iamarmed Mar 19, 2014

    everyone is always in a hurry!!!! that is the problem....

  • moveemonbackref Mar 19, 2014

    This is a dangerous intersection when parents are dropping off kids and picking them up with no stoplight, only stop signs on the school property and Greenleaf. I live off of Greenleaf and go through it everyday. Way too many drivers get in a hurry especially in the mornings and take too many risks. Prayers for all involved especially the kids and bus driver who was not at fault.

  • archmaker Mar 19, 2014

    I'm a little surprised that I never saw a headline on Monday when school bus and a Smart Car collided on Ebenezer Church Road.

  • heelsgirl05 Mar 19, 2014

    claytontarheel Mar 19, 10:36 a.m.

    Never like to see children get hurt, but does ANYONE in Johnston County know how to drive? I don't understand how so many people get hurt/die in that County? Please expound.

    — Posted by mandre4

    Never like to see children get hurt, but does ANYONE in Johnston County know how to drive? I don't understand how so many people get hurt/die in that County? Please expound.

    — Posted by mandre4

    The biggest contributing factor besides training and a lack of attention is the lack of proper shoulders on the back roads. Many of the accidents happen when someone runs off the road and over-corrects.

    Also, the roads there are very narrow with a lot of sharp curves as well. I usually will go at least 55 on most windy roads, but not the ones there! 45 mph means 45 mph and no more on those roads. Most of the accidents are people driving too fast on the road, then hitting a curve too fast and going off the side of the road and overcorrecting.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 19, 2014

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    lol, I'm just giving you a hard time. :)

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 19, 2014

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    could be girl, could be guy, could have been going to school or work. the term 'him' was used generically, as is acceptable when gender/sex is not known

  • Hanging On Mar 19, 2014

    Part of the "driving" problem is people at a red light not yielding to traffic in the intersection. I have lost count of the number of times that someone has turned "right on red" in front of me when I have a green light. If you read the rule about "right on red"...it says something to the effect of "...you may proceed to right on red when the way is clear and it is safe to proceed...".

  • cdurham Mar 19, 2014

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    So true, so many people have simply stopped using their signals. I'm amazed at how many don't understand what Yield means or don't care. I'd like to see a few citations issued.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 19, 2014

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    Careful now Scubagirl, my gut instinct tells me the driver of that little red car was probably a female.

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