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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  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2010 at 06:40 PM
    I can already foretell a bad year for school bus drivers. Second day of school one of them took out my mailbox on a cul de sac. It was cracked and broken, and left laying there. The only reason I know it was the bus is because my neighbor saw her do it. Now my neighbor says the driver pulls in the opposite side and backs up inches from her mailbox. She's standing ready to run after the bus if the driver does it to her's or mine again for that matter. I repaired mine with a 8 ft pole , 2 ft buried and 3 ft over the box itself. Hope she can see it, will put a flag on it soon. Hope the kids are not hurt bad and recover fast.
  • by Right on! Location: Greenville on Sep 3, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    NCYankee, I totally agree! Unemployed people should be offered that position. With some stipulations of course. But it is an excellent idea!!!
  • by Teacher Location: Pitt on Aug 31, 2010 at 04:22 PM
    I do want the parents to know that there were many teachers and people at school trying to get in contact with all the parents of children that were on those buses. You can not began to imagine all that had to be done when this accident occurred.- Police, rescue squad and children. Many teachers called, help settle upset children and rode to the hospital with those that needed to go. I am sorry you did not get your call. Some numbers called were not in service. We try our best to educate your children and get them to and from school as safe as possible!! Ms. Teresa loves the children at our school!!!To Teacher--concerning your response to Pitt County Parent!! Amen!!Until you know all the facts, statements like that are really useless! Guess you have a perfect driving record???? If so, hope it stays that way!!
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Aug 31, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    don't know what exactly happened, but glad all children are safe. if it was due to unruly children, then how about putting un-employed adults on buses and pay them to control the children, wouldn't hurt, and would help with someone unemployed to make extra money...just thinking
  • by Former teacher Location: ENC on Aug 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    In many counties, the support staff are REQUIRED to drive a bus to keep their job. Think about an assistant who has to get up by 5 am and get on the road, teach all day, covering many grade levels, lunch, etc. then having to drive for a couple of more hours after the day is over. Then, due to budget cuts, they are running extended routes and have more students on their bus than ever before. Add the distractions of the student behavior plus the idiot drivers on the road texting, speeding, etc. and you just have a recipe for disaster. Since these staff members don't get paid very much, some hold second jobs. We are lucky we don't hear about more and more accidents!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 31, 2010 at 11:08 AM
    With the way kids can be these days, I don't know how so many people can handle driving a school bus, cause I'll be the first to admit, I'd lose my patience.
  • by FormerBusDriver Location: Winterville on Aug 31, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    Let me make one thing clear ... People who drive school buses do it because they care about kids AND their safety. Believe me, it is definitely NOT about a paycheck! McDonald's would pay just as much if not more! It is unfortunate these buses were involved in an accident, but I am sure state and local law will mandate a drug/alcohol test and probably some type of refresher class on driving for the at fault driver. For the person complaining about buses cutting them off - it is wrong when ANY driver makes a dangerous choice that could affect someone else - like the cars that pull out in front of buses ... or people who don't stop for the kids who are loading or unloading a bus - because God knows no one can see a BIG YELLOW BUS! The fact that no children were hurt should be the concern. Don't judge a bus driver on different standards than any other driver out on the road. The laws are the same for all of us!! It was an unfortunate accident.
  • by concerned parent Location: Greenville on Aug 31, 2010 at 09:30 AM
    As a parent of a 1st grader on Mrs. Teresa's I understand how accidents can happen. I am thankful no child was seriously hurt. However, I am very upset that as a parent I had to hear about the accident from my 6 year old when I picked her up from her afterschool program at 5:15pm! Is it not the schools responsibility to notify ALL parents who's children were involved in an accident?
  • by Bethann on Aug 31, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    Firstly, I don't envy the bus drivers at all. It is a big job to get that many kids safely to their homes each and every day. Thank you Mrs. Dudley for getting my child safely home for the past 2 years! That accident was just as likely to happen to the mom in the pick up line driving her SUV or mini-van. Anyone can have an accident and this bus wasn't speeding or intentionally driving wreckless. In a split second when she glanced in the back to see her kids she rear-ended the bus. Thankfully, no one was injured and that is the most important thing. On a BIGGER note. The school could have handled the situation of notifying parents a lot better. I had to call the school and ask where my children were when they were 15 min. late. The teachers were not notified or asked to come assist as my childs teacher was at the school and had no idea. There was no counselor to sit with the children and talk to them. They have an emergency phone system for a reason. Please use it!
  • by g/ville Location: greecville on Aug 31, 2010 at 01:28 AM
    I personally have had several school buses pull out in front of me in Pitt and Edgecombe Co. I had to slam on brakes. It was so sudden the bags I had in the back of my car flew into the floor of the backseat.
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