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Wake school bus in fender-bender; no children hurt

Posted January 12, 2009

— A Wake County school bus was involved in a minor accident Monday morning near Southwest Maynard Road and West Chatham Street, police reported. None of the children on the bus was hurt, they said.

Police said a Honda rear-ended the bus, which was headed to Weatherstone Elementary School with 44 pupils aboard. An assistant principal who came to the scene also said all the children were fine, and the bus could continue to school.

Police said the car driver was surprised when the bus stopped before crossing railroad tracks on Southwest Maynard, where there was no train. State law requires school bus drivers to stop at all railroad crossings every time they come to one.


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  • rruybal Jan 12, 2009

    Why is there no info whatsoever in this article, about whether the driver of the car was hurt? I guess that just doesn't matter, as long as no children were hurt?

  • HopingForABetterWorld Jan 12, 2009

    yearroundmom...people like you are the ones that cause many parents to not get what they want. You take a completely separate issue like this accident and squeeze your soapbox into it. Then you go and talk to the Board about things and they don't want to listen because of posts like your's. The two things are in NO WAY related. Quit making posts like your's so parents who have real issues with real suggestions can be heard and not grouped with people like you.

  • Z Man Jan 12, 2009

    Wonder if a phone was involved.

    News and Observer had an article yesterday that said people talking on the phone are 4 time more likely to have a wreck than those not on the phone, effectively equating it to drunk driving. And it didn't matter whether or not you were holding the phone of had a hands-free one. Just a matter of time before talking on the phone carries the same penalty as DUI.

  • injameswetrust2003 Jan 12, 2009

    She should get off of her cell phone and drive the car.

  • bsybsybsy Jan 12, 2009

    Less busses on the road would mean less accidents.

  • bsybsybsy Jan 12, 2009

    Less busses on the road would mean less accidents. The new reassignment plan has busses going from one end of the county to another to get to school.

  • RonnieR Jan 12, 2009

    I, too, stop at RR crossing and look out for the trains. Between a car and the train, the train always wins. You can't depend on mechanical things 100%. I saw on TV the other day
    a tain hit a truck who didn't stop and look and the pix showed the cross arms up instead of down.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 12, 2009

    Whether it was a him or her is not known. Either way, its another life lesson being taught about driving around school busses and school zones. Anyone driving for a year or so would KNOW that school busses stop at ALL R/R Crossings. There is NO defense for this accident. Simply not paying attention. Its no different than if you are driving 55+ MPH through RTP and traffic comes to an immediate standstill. This happens multiple times every week. And rear-end collisions, because of this, happen everyday.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Jan 12, 2009

    Doesn't everyone know busses stop at railroad crossings? I would put this under the common knowledge category. Also, the car must have been following too closely to not be able to stop sufficiently!! I hope they get a ticket for stupidity!!

  • Z Man Jan 12, 2009

    janeybelle - how do you know it was a him and not a her?