NEW INFO: School Bus Accident In Craven County

State troopers say the driver of a car that rear ended a Craven County school bus has died.

19-year-old Mitchell Gibbs, a Marine at Cherry Point, died Thursday night at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Troopers say his pregnant wife, Samantha, will be okay.

The bus had stopped right before the railroad tracks on Highway 70 in James City when the car struck it from behind.

There were no children on the bus.


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A driver and his pregnant wife had to be airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital after colliding with a school bus around 6:45 Thursday morning.

State troopers say the man and his wife, both of New Bern, were traveling near the U.S. 70 bridge in James City when they came up behind a school bus, stopped at the railroad tracks.

Troopers say the couple's Volkwagon Jetta had its top almost completely detached from the car. No children were on the bus at the time of crash, although the driver was taken to the hospital for treatment.


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A school bus accident in Craven County hampered the commute for some near New Bern.

The Highway Patrol says a car rear-ended a bus as it stopped at the railroad tracks near James City, not far from the US 70 Bridge. Craven County School officials say Bus 349 serves New Bern High School. There were no students on board. The school bus driver was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Troopers say the crash happened at 6:45 a.m. Thursday. It was causing traffic to back up to the bridge headed to New Bern.


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  • by Aubrey on Oct 7, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    Mitchel was one of my close friends. I miss him very much, and will always remember him as being a generous, sweet, amazing friend, and Marine. Pray for his wife and family through these rough times, and pray that they will be given the greatest strength. I love you Mitch.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    Mitchell's brother goes to my school and we will all miss him very deeply. We all pray at school for their family. We love you Gibbs <3
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Oct 2, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    God Bless this couple. It was many months ago that an individual had to stop because of a problem with towing a vehicle; the vehicle had come off the trailer? A'Good Samaritan' stopped to help him get the vehicle back onto his trailer, but they were both 'slammed' by a vehicle who didn't realize what they were doing...speed involved. I believe people think the bypass is just a 'cousin' of Raleigh's Belt Line, because of the modern design; I really do. I have been driving this thing ever since it was opened, and they have been driving like 'Raleigh' since day one. I have even drivin 65 to stay with traffic flow/ease into the lanes, and still get my doors blown off, or get passed by someone who comes up to my bumper, then swerves like 'Nascar' to 'teach me a lesson'? I've seen it too many times. I never see a Trooper, but would love to.
  • by sherry Location: sc on Oct 2, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    To Nicole, Why would anyone want to see pictures of this wreck. A boy died and his pregnant wife almost did. Pictures only sensationilize the story. That is just sick on your part!
  • by MPF Location: Greensboro on Oct 2, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    Regardless of how it happened, it is done and now the family and friends must find a way to cope. They have lost a son, husband, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, friend and soon to be father. Please remember them all in your prayers ... thank you.
  • by dawn Location: nc pa on Oct 2, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    this is a tragic accident,this marine did not deserve to loose his life. there have been more than several accidents at that spot involving a bus and something needs to be done. this man was a fried and co-worker of my sister and husband and our prayer go out to her her child and both of their families
  • by JJ Location: Kinston on Oct 2, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Of course the driver of the Jetta didn't intend to do it. But it happened and he is at fault. Any time you hit someone from behind, you're automatically at fault. Based on the force of the impact, he didn't slow down. There were no skid marks. He just wasn't paying attention to the flashing yellow lights on the bus. It's still tragic and the passengers will be in my prayers.
  • by tt1971 Location: Burlington on Oct 2, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    I am sure the driver of the Jetta did not intend to hit the bus. Also, the bus driver is not responsible for this either. Exempt or not, this was a tragic accident that I'm sure nobody wanted to be involved in. We don't need to see pictures to know that a life may be hanging in the balance because of this. I know the grandmother of the driver, and I'm sure her family would appreciate prayers for her family to come out of this, instead of the fighting that has been seen in these posts. I agree with a few of you, and you know who you are. Pray for them. We aren't promised another day or second. God Bless All of you. I've been on the same road, heading to the coast, and yes, people speed, some just because they can't control their own speed, and some because they think they own the road. We don't know why this happened. We don't really need to. Just pray that they all come out of this. PLEASE.
  • by Jenn Location: New Bern on Oct 2, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    I came up on this wreck shortly after it happened. Is there any new news on the couple from the car?? Are they still in Pitt? Just hoping to hear that they will be ok. I was shocked to learn that they had even survived, much less that the woman was in fair condition yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with all involved.
  • by jad Location: new bern on Oct 2, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    Judging by the pictures I've seen, and descriptions that the car was 3/4 under the bus, it is astounding that either occupant survived at all. Must not be their time I suppose. I'll second the comments made by others about speeding. Every day I communte in the east bound lanes to Cherry Point, and seems like every morning people speed by going 60 - 70 mph in a 50 mph zone; the speed limit does drop immediately after crossing the Trent River bridge from 55 to 50, but most drivers ignore it. The NADEP 500 goes both ways. It's been a long time since I've seen a speed trap set at that point; maybe it is time to randomly park a State Trooper out their to calm people the heck down. But honestly the entire James City hwy 70 cooridor is a comlete fricken mess, with all the service roads and intersections; the only way to really fix it is to cut off service road access completely, then build overpasses across one or both major intersections with on and off ramps. Pricey though.
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