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Students unhurt in four Wake school bus crashes

Posted August 26, 2013

— Authorities were investigating four separate crashes involving school buses Monday in Wake County.

The first happened at Trawick Road and Skycrest Drive. The bus was carrying West Millbrook Middle School students, according to a spokeswoman with the Wake County Public School System.

No injuries were reported, but two students were taken to the hospital by their parents as a precaution.

A viewer who was behind the bus captured video of the accident on a dash cam. The bus braked hard while attempting to turn left as it crossed paths with a van.

Police are investigating the incident.

The second crash happened on Evans Drive, where a bus collided with a sedan. The bus was carrying students to Barwell Road Elementary School.

The district spokeswoman said no students were injured.

On Monday afternoon, a bus from East Cary Middle School collided with a vehicle near the school. Around 5:15 p.m., another bus was involved in a wreck near Carolina Pines Avenue and Lake Wheeler Road.


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  • yankee1 Aug 27, 2013

    Where I work, get in an accident with a company vehicle it's straight to the drug and alchol test. Wonder if that happens to school bus drivers?

  • joeBob Aug 27, 2013

    What was the age of the bus drivers involved in the accidents?

  • whatelseisnew Aug 27, 2013

    "Wouldn't kids living near Trawick Rd go to EAST Millbrook? Why on earth would they be driving across a few zip codes to get to Strickland Rd?"

    Because they still have not completely unwound the busing based on skin color. This is one of the problems I have with the school system. While it is not legal to do this, they get around it by claiming economic diversity. Even if that were the real reason, that makes zero sense to anyone with half a brain.

  • 37 Aug 26, 2013

    Wouldn't kids living near Trawick Rd go to EAST Millbrook? Why on earth would they be driving across a few zip codes to get to Strickland Rd?

  • tuckerbrian54 Aug 26, 2013

    If you watch the video from Trawick Rd accident, you can see the bus diver was in the wrong, turning in front of that van and that light doesn't have a turn signal. What was the driver thinking ? Makes you wonder what kind of drivers the school district has. I live in a small neighborhood, about 15 kids go to school and I see 5 buses come in here, both morning and afternoon. It takes 4 buses to transport 15 kids, 1 for high school. Sounds like the district is wasting money on bussing.

  • Taffy Aug 26, 2013

    Really, 3 school bus crashes on the first day of traditional school? They need to look into their training processes!

  • buford Aug 26, 2013

    This does not surprise me at all...I would sometimes drive my son to the bus stop if the weather was bad. Last year we missed it by a few seconds and I had to follow it to the next stop which was in a different neighborhood. I was "shocked" at how fast she drove in the rain through a neighborhood...I could barely keep up with her...

  • gingerlynn Aug 26, 2013

    three accidents in one day? I guess to make up for driver shortages they were pulling people off the streets! I don't remember this many accidents when 16-17 year olds could still drive a bus! At least they were highly screened and knew their routes!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 26, 2013

    iron fist - "I see school buses driving left of center, not using signals, pulling out in front of on-coming traffic all the time."

    Many many drivers drive like that in NC, generally at 70mph, it seems.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 26, 2013

    iron fist - "I can hear the phones ringing now from lawyers trying to make a quick buck."

    Generally, many governmental entities are considered quasi-sovereign entities. One sometimes even has to go as far as to have their permission before lawsuits are filed against them, so they're generally not lawsuits lawyers flock to.