Updated: School bus overturns; eleven injured

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

December 3, 2013

A school bus taking children to Forbush’s middle and high school overturned Tuesday morning, leaving 11 injured.

School Bus 146 was traveling on Summertime Road between Griffin and Sugartown Road. The wreck happened at approximately 7:17 a.m., according to the NC Highway Patrol’s Kevin Hennelly.

“The bus was coming down the hill and it went through the curve and went off into a field on the opposite side, and overturned onto its side,” Martin said. “It didn’t roll over, it just turned over on its side.”

There were 21 people on board, including the driver.

“Eleven, including the driver, were taken to local medical facilities,” Martin said.

“Ten of the students were injured, and transported to - six to Baptist Hospital, four to Yadkin Valley Community Hospital,” Hennelly said. “The injuries were scrapes and bruises and shoulder pain.”

The bus driver was also taken to Yadkin Valley Community Hospital.

A student onboard the bus was the first to alert 911 to the crash, Martin said.

“Highway Patrol responded, Yadkin County Sheriff’s Department, Yadkin County EMS, Yadkinville Fire Department responded, and also, if I’m not mistaken, Davie EMS responded,” Martin said. “And I think Surry County was on the way, but they got everything under control.”

The students who were not taken for treatment were picked up by their parents at the scene, according to Hennelly.

The road was closed to traffic following the wreck. Officials had removed the bus from the scene by 9:30 a.m. and reopened the road.

While the crash was significant and he was upset by the injuries, Martin was thankful there were no fatalities.

Early reports have pointed to a brake failure, but officials have not released any statement for or against the theory.

The Highway Patrol is still investigating.

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