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Biker Injured in Collision With School Bus

Posted March 28, 2007 5:31 p.m. EDT
Updated March 29, 2007 6:44 a.m. EDT

— A teen riding a dirt bike was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon after colliding head-on with a school bus in north Raleigh, police said.

Witnesses said the bus driver swerved to avoid the collision as the biker rounded a curve but was unsuccessful. The rider hit the front of the bus and the windshield, they said.

Julian Thaxton, 17, who wasn't wearing a helmet, was taken to WakeMed for treatment, where he was in fair but stable condition late Wednesday.

The wreck occurred on Brandyapple Drive, which is off Sawmill Road between Six Forks and Lead Mine roads.

Thirty-two students were on the bus at the time of the accident, but none of them was hurt, police said. All of the students were put on another bus to complete the trip home.

"Everybody was, like, crying," said Dereka Harris, an 11-year-old student on the bus. "He was coming toward the bus really fast ... and then I saw he hit the windshield."