Trucker charged in Johnston school bus collision
Posted January 16, 2014
Clayton, N.C. — Police on Thursday charged a tractor-trailer driver who rear-ended a school bus in Johnston County Wednesday morning, injuring about a dozen students.
Kenneth Greene II was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and failure to wear a seat belt.
Greene remained in critical condition Thursday at WakeMed in Raleigh.
The bus, which was headed to Smithfield Middle School, had stopped shortly after 7 a.m. on U.S. Highway 70 at Uzzle Industrial Drive in Wilson's Mills to pick up children when the collision happened, police said.
Investigators determined that the bus driver turned on the bus' flashing yellow lights about a half-mile before stopping but that dense fog made it difficult to see. Greene unsuccessfully tried to avoid hitting the bus, police said.
Seven students and the bus driver were taken to local hospitals by emergency workers, and four other students were taken by parents following the wreck. None of their injuries was serious.