14 people taken to hospitals after two tour buses have accident in Upstate
GREENVILLE - Fourteen people were taken to four area hospitals Friday afternoon when two of three tour buses carrying Blythewood Middle School students were involved in an wreck in northern Greenville County, authorities said.
Authorities said the injuries were not life-threatening.
All three buses traveling with Southern Connection Tours, based in Lexington, were heading along U.S. 276 when the second bus hit the first bus, causing it to go off the right side of the road and strike a tree near Persimmon Ridge at about 2 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Kathy Hiles, a South Carolina Highway Patrol spokeswoman.
Hiles said the second bus is believed to have had brake problems, possibly because they might have malfunctioned from being overheated.
Bus driver Deborah Kiser, 48, of Lexington, was among those taken for treatment, but the extent of her injuries was not known, Hiles said.
At least three children and four adults with minor injuries were taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where they were expected to be treated and released, hospital spokeswoman Karen Gecewich said Friday evening.
Three other children were taken to North Greenville Hospital, where they, too, were being treated for minor injuries and expected to be released, she said.
Three "pediatric" age persons were taken to St. Francis Hospital, spokeswoman Lee Turza said. She declined to release more information.
Some of the injured were taken to an unidentified hospital in North Carolina, Hiles said.
A person who answered the phone at the bus company said the company's owner was at the scene.
A passenger, who identified himself as a teacher, said the group of about 150 students was from Blythewood Middle School. He said they had been at YMCA Camp Greenville in Cedar Creek, N.C., and were on their way home at the time of the accident.