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Trucker charged in Johnston school bus collision

Posted January 16, 2014

Thirteen people, including 11 students, were injured early on Jan. 15, 2014, when authorities say a tractor-trailer crashed into the bus as it was slowing down near Wilson Mills in Johnston County.
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— 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.


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  • 678devilish Jan 16, 2014

    Even though it was foggy, the bus had flashing lights on. How could the truck driver not have see the flashing lights? Yes, indeed he should absolutely be charge. There were students on the bus, and I do hope they all will be fine, including the bus driver.

  • common tater Jan 16, 2014

    I don't get how drivers, especially pros, drive too fast in the fog, assuming there won't be any obstacles. You should be able to stop well within the sight distance...period.

  • alanon Jan 16, 2014

    I missed this accident by about five minutes. The fog really was very thick. I think it's amazing no one died. The cab of that truck looks like it took quite a beating.

  • feistyredhead2001 Jan 16, 2014

    The pictures look horrific, as a parent I can say my heart is still in my throat. My thoughts and prayers to all involved.