29 People Injured In School Activity Bus Wreck

Authorities say more than two dozen people have been hurt after a school activity bus rolled onto its side on a North Carolina highway.

The Mecklenburg County emergency medical service reported that 23 people had minor injuries and six had serious injures that weren't life-threatening. All were taken to Charlotte hospitals.

Spokesman Jeff Keith said there were 55 students and three adults on the bus from Cox Mill Elementary School in Concord. Keith said it wasn't immediately clear why the bus swerved off the road.

The wreck occurred at 10 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 77 near the Brookshire Freeway in Charlotte.

Cabarrus County school officials said the bus was one of three taking the school's entire fifth-grade class to an annual overnight trip in Lake Wylie, S.C.

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  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 1, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    Why all the drama. If the school bus had not run off the road this would not be in the news. It apears everyone wants seatbelts. If so, will that make it OK when a bus leaves the road. Get to the root cause, then complain.
  • by Transportation Official Location: Eastern NC on Apr 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    Dear Wake up: Again go search school bus safety, NTSB findings on seat belts on school buses....go read for yourself. If you can take 5 seconds to imagine that accident, out of 22 seats on the bus, 11 in the air sideways 6-7 feet up, 3 children to a seat and their dangling, some by their necks...is there time to release them, 11 seats constitutes 33 children stuck sideways in the air hanging....I saw a school bus in E NC that had been involved in a tornado back in the 90's. Bus was lifted close to 80 feet in the air judging by the marks on the tree it landed next to......it flipped front end over back end and rolled over several times as well... the roof was crushed down to seat/head level...the bus was full of students. Not one death or major injury. The padded seats and additional padding all around in the "compartment" saved them. Seat belts are ok for cars but not that great and safe for school buses. Just because cars have them doesnt mean buses need them. Go read.
  • by wake ip on Apr 30, 2009 at 03:24 AM
    Transportation Official, So glad you must be an expert, but its apparent you must not have children. School buses are not cars, but they are moving vehicles on the busy roads. They are yellow also, and some people still can't see them. (some of the drivers can't drive them either, they just think they can) Buses may be THE safest form of transportation, but it has innocent children on them. If you teach a child to buckle up in a car or truck, then try it on a bus. Not all buses flip over. Some are hit in the rear or other parts. Will that not save a child.Just remember SEATBELTS DO SAVE LIVES. I love my children and want them as safe as possible. Maybe some bus (not all)need more training
  • by Transportation Official Location: Eastern NC on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    To Disgusted: First off, drop the waste of time junk about state tax dollars, has nothing to do with this. Most jurisdictions in this country do not have seat belts on school buses for many reasons. 1) School buses are not cars, nor are they designed like cars. 2) They are THE safest form of transportation in the country. 3) Just as this accident has proven as have most school bus accidents, seat belts wouldnt make a difference. In fact, the students sitting in seats on the side of the bus in the air would have been dangling by their necks over 6 ft in the air. Some children in dire danger wouldnt be able to release themselves and could sustain more injury, plus they will fall that distance once cut loose. School buses have padding all over the place for a reason and it has worked well since 1977. It is proven fact by many tests that seat belts do not help in bus accidents. Read the information yourself before you place stupid ignorant blame on the state. Typical repubs.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Apr 29, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    Now, if I don't have the kids in my car buckled up, I get a sitation from the gov., but the gov. can put kids in their vehicles with NO SEATBELTS and ride them all over creation! DOUBLE STANDARD once again! Our taxe dollars at work once again, by the way, where's my state tax refund, Ms Perdue???
  • by WAKE UP on Apr 29, 2009 at 01:18 PM
    Now can we all say SEAT BELTS on all moving vehicles. Including the BUSES our children ride in.....

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