A Pitt County school bus driver, charged in yesterday's accident in front of North Pitt High School, is off the road for now.
Margie Perkins was cited by troopers after they say she pulled out into the path of an oncoming vehicle on Highway 11. That vehicle struck the back of the bus full of students, and was wedged underneath it.
Three North Pitt students were in the car. Two of them, including driver Seth Salazar, were released from Vidant Medical Center last night, while a third was kept overnight for observation.
School district spokeswoman Heather Mayo says 40 students were on the bus. Nine of those students were taken to Vidant by ambulance, while several more went to the hospital later that evening, complaining of pain.
Mayo says Perkins will not be allowed to drive a bus until the charges are resolved. She is still a child nutritionist at the school, and will remain in that job.
Perkins has been a driver since 1998 and has worked in the cafeteria since 2003.
Three high school students were injured when their car slammed into a Pitt County school bus Thursday afternoon. That school bus driver has now been charged.
The accident happened in front of North Pitt High School.
A white passenger car was wedged underneath of the school bus. School Superintendent Dr. Beverly Emory tells WITN News that there were three North Pitt students in the car and that they were responsive when transported to Vidant Medical Center.
Several students on the bus were also injured.
The crash happened around 12: 45 p.m. on Highway 11 as the school was having an early release day.
The Highway Patrol says the bus driver, 66-year-old Margie Perkins of Bethel, is charged with a safe movement violation. Troopers say she pulled in front of 16-year-old Seth Salazar of Greenville. Two other people were in his vehicle at the time.
Southbound traffic on Highway 11 was shut down for about an hour and twenty minutes because of the accident.
A witness tells us the car was heading south on 11 when the bus pulled out from the high school, attempting to use a crossover to head northbound.