Seven Students Taken To Hospital After Another School Bus Accident

Seven students were taken to the hospital today after another school bus accident in Pitt County.

Two school buses collided just before 3:00 p.m. as a South Greenville Elementary bus turned onto Garland Street in Greenville.

Officials say the bus stopped due to traffic and was, according to the Greenville police department, hit from behind by another South Greenville Elementary school bus.

There were 70 students on both buses. Seven were taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital for precautionary measures. Officials say they were not seriously injured.

School officials say the driver of the second bus, Teresa Alston, who is also a cafeteria worker, received a citation for failure to reduce speed and will be unable to drive a school bus until the ticket is resolved and she is cleared to drive. School officials say this is standard operating procedure.

That was also the procedure used last week when another Pitt County school bus had an accident in Greenville. The driver, a teacher assistant at Elmhurst Elementary school, was charged with unsafe movement after the crash while she was driving an E.B. Aycock Middle School bus. Six students were injured in that accident, but not seriously.

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