One Injured After SUV Rear-Ends Stopped School Bus

State troopers have charged the driver of an SUV that rear-ended a Pitt County school bus.

A Ford Explorer hit the bus from behind on Highway 258, north of Farmville.

The wreck happened around 2:50 p.m. on Highway 258, near Rich Road. The children on bus number 142 were from Sam Bundy Elementary and H.B. Suggs Elementary.

A teacher on the bus said a couple of students complained of injuries, but none of those injuries appear serious.

The Highway Patrol says one student was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, complaining of a headache.

A state trooper says the bus was stopped letting some children off, with its lights flashing, when the SUV struck it from behind. The driver has been charged with failure to reduce speed and to stop for a school bus. The driver said his brakes weren't working properly, so the trooper also charged him with faulty equipment.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    J, if the ones injured were not sitting down. I bet "those" kids were the ones getting off the bus?!
  • by anon Location: wallace on Oct 27, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    wth, can't u c a 10,000 lb. big yellow bus man! dag!
  • by that's what happens... on Oct 27, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    That's what happens when all of you Greenville people are in so much of a rush to go nowhere! Slow down! Stop at redlights, and get off your phones!!!
  • by ken Location: greenville on Oct 27, 2009 at 04:39 PM
    I bet it wasn't the brakes at all, bet the driver was on the phone or texting. I trave alot on business everyday around surrounding area, and so many people are not paying attention to the road. Busy talking on the cell phone while going slow in the fast lane or looking at their phone texting and not paying attention around them. It is getting terrible, I wish the would outlaw cell phone use while driving or $1,ooo.oo fine. Many of them would hang it up then.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Oct 27, 2009 at 04:29 PM
    I'm just glad no one was seriously hurt. There is a funny side to this story. The driver used the excuse that the brakes weren't working properly and was ticketed for faulty equipment. That's priceless
  • by Perspective Location: Aurora on Oct 27, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    Wait a minute. I am confused. J - How in the world did you come to the conclusion that "those" kids weren't sitting down. This article was about a reckless driver hitting a stopped school bus. What does the behavior of the children have to do with it??? Thank goodness that no one was seriously injured. I am amazed at the some of the comments that I find on here sometimes.
  • by Whoa! Location: Greenville on Oct 27, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    J, let's stop for a minute and think. A school bus is a big yellow vehicle. When it comes to a stop it does so gradually. It has red flashing lights on it. How in the world does one hit a school bus from behind? Simple, not paying attention. Faulty brakes? Pffft. Perhaps, but if they were that bad and you can't foresee the possibility of a school bus stopping and following to close, this is what happens. It is not as if the bus came to a sudden stop. If your brakes were that bad, you have no business sharing the road with me.
  • by J Location: Gville on Oct 27, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    Im willing to bet that those kid werent SITTING DOWN. Unless that other car was flying into the back of them, they bus should have just felt a bump.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Oct 27, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    School buses only do about 45 MPH; my understanding is that rear-end crashes are the fault of the driver behind the vehicle. Sounds like a case of 'following too closely' and too impatient. If drivers would reverse their 'perspective' to that of the 'students', they would feel what it is like to be 'tail-gated'.

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