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Minivan Driver Charged in School Bus Crash

Posted February 22, 2008 8:18 a.m. EST
Updated February 22, 2008 6:49 p.m. EST

— Police charged the driver of a minivan involved with a school bus in a wreck that sent 14 middle-school students and the bus driver to the hospital Friday.

The bus was heading to Durant Road Middle School when the crashed happened at the intersection of Old Wake Forest Road and Oak Forest Road at 7 a.m.

Some students complained of soreness, but none of their injuries was considered life-threatening, school officials said. They were sent to the hospital as a precaution.

Lorine Harris, 57, of Wake Forest, told police she drove her 2007 Chrysler minivan through a green light on Old Wake Forest Road. The driver of the school bus said she also had a green light to turn left onto Old Wake Forest Road from Oak Forest Road.

Witnesses told police that the school bus had a green light and that Harris ran a red light. Police charged Harris with a red-light violation.

The impact of the collision propelled the minivan 100 feet and off the left side of Old Wake Forest Road.

The accident report indicates that Harris was originally traveling at 45 mph and slowed to 30 mph at the point of collision. The bus driver was traveling at 15 mph and slowed to 5 mph.

The speed limit in that area is 45 mph.

Harris refused medical treatment and was OK, officials said.

Thirty-one students were on the bus. Those who were uninjured were taken to school on another bus.