Lexington 2 students OK after school bus collides with SUV

jmonk@thestate.comSeptember 5, 2013 

— Three school children and their driver on a Lexington 2 school bus that collided with an SUV Thursday morning were taken to a hospital but appear to be in good shape.

“I’m just grateful that our driver and our children are fine,” Superintendent Venus Holland said Thursday.

Only three students and the driver were on the bus when it collided with an SUV at the intersection of Highway 21 and Old Wire Road. The three were en route to Busbee Creative Arts Academy.

Two school nurses came upon the incident and were able to render first aid to the driver and students before ambulances arrived. The bus driver had some cuts on her leg, and one child had cuts on the face, Holland said.

All school bus occupants were taken to Lexington Medical Center and were with relatives shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday.

The driver of the SUV did not fare as well.

The bus apparently traveled up and over over part of the SUV, pinning him inside. When he was finally cut out of the vehicle, he was carried to an ambulance on a stretcher and was to be taken to a hospital.

His condition was not known mid-morning Thursday.

Several Lexington 2 officials responded to the scene, as well as Lexington County Fire and Rescue.

District officials said the district will cooperate fully with the state and the county officials. The school bus was equipped with video cameras, which will undoubtably help troopers re-construct what happened.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344

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