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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  • by DANIEL Location: BRADFORD on May 13, 2010 at 09:37 AM
    THAT WAS A CRAZY THING TO DO I WOULD HAVE FOUND A SAFER PLCE TO DO THAT
  • by DANIEL Location: PINK HILL on May 13, 2010 at 09:33 AM
    WHY DID HE TRY TO TURN AROUND IN SUCH A BAD PLACE. WHY DID HE DO THAT?
  • by Justice on May 10, 2010 at 04:11 PM
    I know someone who slammed on brakes before on a highway and caused a chain reaction of accidents, certainly he was charged for his delibert act. There needs to be farther investigation into this accident.
  • by anonymous Location: Pink Hill on May 10, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    I know it is tough to drive a bus but the bus driver can stop the bus with the stop sign out instead of slamming on the brakes. The driver knows she was too close. too many reports about the driver doing this before. so both are at fault. everyone cannot carry their precious little child to school as you said. No one is perfect so just be thankful no one was seriously hurt. Maybe since school will soon be out the principals could have soneone follow some of the buses without the driver knowing about it. Everyone bus or car driver need to be more careful
  • by parent Location: unknown on May 10, 2010 at 08:15 AM
    Unless you were on the bus, you don't know what happen. If you have a problem with the bus driver. Maybe you would consider taking the class and becoming a bus driver for middle school. You do have another optional take your precious little child to and from school. Regardless to what he did the lady in the car was speeding or driving to fast. People need to be more thankful and greatful that it was no facalities. people are to busy pointing finger and blaming other folk. Get a grip or zipper your lips.
  • by PO_Parent Location: Pink Hill on May 10, 2010 at 05:12 AM
    The principal has been made aware of this bus driver's brake slamming to control students. She also knows about the broken glasses incident a couple of weeks ago. Let's hope she takes care of the situation.
  • by Jay Location: Pink Hill on May 9, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    Lenoir County Transportation Director: Were you aware of the reports by students who regularly ride this bus that this driver routinely slams on the brakes to get the students attention? If not-now that you are aware-what are you going to do ? In the paper you seemed awfully quick to defend this driver. I know for a fact a child on this bus had her glasses broken and a bump on her head a few days ago from this foolish and irresponsible behavior. School system-this should be looked into immediately. Highway Patrol- I dont know what happened in the accident but certainly these reports should be part of your investigation. This guy should not be driving a school bus or anything else on the public roads if he has no better judgement than this.
  • by was Anonymous/Jessica on May 9, 2010 at 12:11 PM
    Justice, the bus driver does not turn his bus around there. That might have been the story he told the officers or school, but slamming on brakes is what he was doing.
  • by Justice on May 9, 2010 at 10:30 AM
    The question I believe is on everyones mind: This accident, was the bus driver using the "slam on brakes" method of kid control, or was he safely slowing down turning into a driveway?
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on May 9, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    @ wasAnonymous/Jessica: I was on the bus and that is exactly what our driver does, I broke my glasses a week before because he slammed on brakes and I fell forward.
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