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Driver crashed head on into school bus and might have been drinking, NC cops say

A North Carolina school bus was involved in a head-on collision with students on board.
A North Carolina school bus was involved in a head-on collision with students on board. Getty Images/iStockphoto

A school bus carrying elementary school students was involved in a head-on collision Monday afternoon, Davidson County Schools said in a WFMY report.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the driver of the Ford Focus that crashed into the school bus will face a number of charges and “alcohol may have been a factor” in the wreck, according to the Dispatch.

Along with the bus driver, there were “three students from Midway Elementary School” on the bus just before 3 p.m., the time of the crash, WGHP reported.

Although the bus driver suffered a minor injury, none of the students on board were hurt, school officials said in a WXII report.

The other driver was not as fortunate.

The man driving the Ford was not wearing a seat belt and was trapped inside the wreckage before being freed by firefighters, per the Dispatch. Highway Patrol said he “suffered serious injuries,” and was taken to an area hospital, according to the newspaper. The driver’s name was not released by police.

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The school bus driver took action to try to avoid the crash.

Highway Patrol said the woman driving the bus slowed down when she saw the Ford Focus heading toward in her direction and pulled off onto the right shoulder, per WXII. But the Ford had crossed the center line and still collided head on, according to the TV station.

Highway Patrol said the Ford driver was charged with careless and reckless driving, driving with a license revoked and a seat belt violation, and more charges could be filed, the Dispatch reported.

The state’s schools chief says replacing mid-90s school buses that are prone to catching on fire is a top priority, but S.C. spending on buses is expected to fall short. In 2007, state lawmakers adopted a 15-year replacement cycle that the state l

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.