FIRST ON WITN: Prison Bus Accident On Memorial Drive

A state prison bus full of inmates was involved in an accident Thursday afternoon in Greenville.

The wreck happened around 3:50 p.m. near the intersection of Memorial Drive and Moye Boulevard.

Greenville police say the driver of the car which rear-ended the bus is going to be charged with DWI.

The Department of Correction tells WITN News there were 19 inmates on the bus. Two of the inmates were transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, but we do not yet know the extent of their injuries.

The other inmates were returned to the Greene Correctional Institution. The inmates were working with the D.O.T. today.


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  • by Whezza Location: Martin County on Mar 25, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    In response to Lisa, unless your fiance was the CO, you need to find a new boyfriend. They broke the law, they are in jail. Get a life.
  • by Lisa Location: Tarboro on Mar 24, 2009 at 08:52 PM
    I can not believe some of you on this comment board. I guess no matter what we do in life or what happens American's want to fight and bicker. My fiance was on that bus. First of all, do you all know who brought drugs over to America? The government, congress, senators and etc. Because its illegal and if anyone gets caught with it they get locked up and charged with fines. So America will get the money. I'm not saying its right for anyone to do those things, but you all need to realize a couple of things before you talk. Second of all, I am not no one to judge on this comment board, but I really hope and pray that you all has asked God for forgiveness over some of you alls comments. We all are God's children even the ones on the bus. Another thing is none of the inmates have gotten a lawyer over all of this. And even if they did it wouldn't go through the state or tax payers money it would go against the person insurance that hit the bus! I will also keep praying for you all!
  • by Taz on Mar 23, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    There are some really ignorant people on this post. Hope none of you end of being hit by a drunk person wheather you are an inmate or not.
  • by Whezza Location: Martin County on Mar 22, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    ALPHA female, Well Said! I usually don't agree with you but you are "right on" on this one. Prisoners have more rights than we do....can't violate their rights or they sue the state. What about the people they hurt, stole from, sold drugs to, abused, sexually molested or even killed. Those people including children are the victims.....where are their rights? Who had to pay their medical expenses, they did, not the state. Hold the gun on them! I for one am tired of hearing about violating the rights of those in prison. Let Shelia, who is a nurse in a detention center take care of them....she is already getting paid by the state. Sissy slapping and rolling your eyes....priceless. I hear there is a job opening at the Bertie Correctional Center for a Superintendent....apply for the job or atleast offer to do consulting work, maybe you can fix that place as well. Well Said!
  • by ...from Greene Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2009 at 11:21 PM
    I was wondering where you were, Alpha! I can't believe we agree on this...but you're right. Unfortunately, inmates have more rights than those of us who abide by the law. The inmates are very aware of this, too--I see it every day. Can't violate those Constitutional rights, now can we?
  • by Deborah Location: Tarboro on Mar 20, 2009 at 10:20 PM
    Hey Hey some of you need to get a life. There are men in prison that didn't kill no one. Also look at some of the money the people. They just pay there way out. You need ao think about this b/c one day your child maybe setting in the prison system. Or better yet it could be you.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 20, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    Criminals yelling.... "I'm hurt?" ... I wish I was holding the rifle on that chain gang.. I would have yelled back, "Get the *f* up big bad boys and walk it off". I would have done some Bruce Lee karate chops, and sissy slapping... spitting.. and rolling my eyes. ...No inmate would have went to the hospital on my watch..
  • by ...from Greene Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    Ok, try #4: Are some of you guys serious?? My question to relatives of these inmates: Were you this concerned about him when he was out on the street, doing whatever it was that landed him in prison? Since these men weren't taught this lesson, maybe now they will understand that a person's actions affect others. Now he knows what it's like to be the victim of someone else's crime. Cindi, inmates are convicted by a jury of their peers, meaning that they are deemed enough of a threat to society to be REMOVED from it. Where's your logic?? This woman was drunk enough to rear-end an *enormous* bus. Maybe she just didn't see it? Right. She needs to be removed from society as well. People who make never-ending excuses for others amaze me and are another part of the problem. Hold a person accountable for their actions--maybe they'll stay out of prison.
  • by ...from Greene Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    So WITN, you're only going to post the comments from people who are sympathetic to the inmates? How about I try again and sensor myself enough that my opinion doesn't hurt anyone's feelings...? I work neck-deep with these "victims," and I know more about what is going on than most everyone who has posted.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    People need to realize that the prisoners working on the work details in many cases are in the last few months of there sentence. So they are less likely to try to run because they dont want any additional time. Its better safe and get checked out then vs you dont and later on you develop a problem and have to be taken later when it might be too late. Look at the head injury that a famous actress just died from, if she had of been looked at immediately she might still be alive today.
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