School Bus Accident Under Investigation

It took first responders nearly two hours to cut a garbage truck driver out of his vehicle after N.C. Highway Patrol says he rear-ended a school bus. Troopers tell us the Craven County school bus, carrying four students to New Bern High School, was stopped at the railroad crossing in James City on Highway 70, when the garbage truck slammed into the rear of the bus. The four children and bus driver were sent to Craven Regional Hospital as a precaution. School officials said no one on the bus was seriously injured. The driver of the garbage truck was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital and is listed in critical condition. School officials say, just two weeks ago, another school bus from Craven County was in an accident at that same intersection. The Craven County school's transportation director says a sign near the railroad crossing reading "exempt" does not mean school buses do not have to stop at the tracks. Highway patrol says that exemption only applies to certain commercial vehicles, according to state law.