Driver Charged in Crash That Injured Seven School Kids

Troopers say the driver of the car who crashed into a school bus Friday, causing seven children to go to the hospital, has been charged.

24-year-old Laken Quinn of Pink Hill has been charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid collision.

Troopers say she was taken to the hospital last night but has since been released.

They say the seven kids who were in the bus at the time of the accident and were also taken to the hospital do not have life threatening injuries.

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Officials say it happened about 4:00 p.m. on Potters Hill Road south of Pink Hill, off Highway 11.

Authorities say the adult, traveling in a PT Cruiser, was critically injured. Officials say she was first taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital. Officials believe she is in her early 20s.

None of the seven students taken to the hospital had life-threatening injuries. Officials say injury complaints included neck, elbows and ankles. The students on the bus were from Woodington Middle School.

Officials say the PT Cruiser rear-ended the bus, which had pulled into a driveway to turn around.

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