School Bus Driver Charged After Wednesday Morning Accident

Courtesy: Sheriff Danny Heath
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A Duplin County school bus driver has been charged after an accident Wednesday morning sent herself and two students to the hospital.

Trooper Gary Ipock tells WITN he was called around 6 a.m. to Highway 41 West near the Jones-Duplin County line, a few miles from Watering Pond Road.

Ipock says a tractor trailer carrying logs and a Duplin County School bus collided.

Investigators said the log truck driver was trying to pass the bus as it was making a left turn, just inside Jones County. The bus had two students from East Duplin High School on it at the time.

Ipock says the bus driver, Susan Chesnutt, was charged with a safe movement violation.

"Our bus drivers are all properly trained on safety measures," said Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan as he walked into the hospital to check on those hurt. "We are blessed and so thankful the driver and two students sustained only minor injuries."

Duplin County Schools spokeswoman Dawn Craft told WITN another driver was immediately directed to continue the route that was disrupted by the wreck.

The 45-year-old Chestnutt has been a bus driver for almost 18 years. The school system says a substitute driver will handle the route as they conduct their investigation.