NEW INFO: Driver Charged After School Bus Accident

State troopers say a school bus driver was charged after an accident Friday morning that sent five children to the hospital.

The accident happened on Highway 42 in Edgecombe County, a mile east of Ellis Road near Conetoe, around 7:25 a.m.

Troopers say the bus driver looked down to adjust the heater on the bus and lost control. The Highway Patrol says the bus went off the right side of the road and over turned onto its side. Troopers say students bus were able to walk off on their own and said those hurt only had minor injuries.

The bus driver, Michele Riggs of Macclesfield, was charged with failing to maintain safe lane control.

Edgecombe County Schools said there were approximately 20 students on bus number 283 from South Edgecombe Middle School.

The school system says Riggs, who was serving as a substitute for the regular driver, was uninjured.

A school bus crash in Eastern Carolina has sent six kids to the hospital, according to the NC Highway Patrol.

Troopers say a bus was traveling on Highway 42 in Edgecombe County when it ran off the road into a ditch and tipped over on its side. The accident happened in Conetoe.

School officials say there are minor injuries. We're told the injured have been taken to Heritage Hospital and that all of their parents have been notified.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Jan 24, 2010 at 09:45 PM
    Funny how when people know someone that something like this happens to how they jump to their defense. It was an error, and something we are all guilty of, that should n't have happened nor was probably ment to. But she did not pay attention to what she was doing. she should have known better than try to adjust anything while driving. She should have waited til the bus was at a stop. She was in the wrong. I'm sure she feels badly but just the same, let this be a learning experiance and not jus another, OH WELL.
  • by Wes Location: Charlotte on Jan 23, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    As a former ECPS employee and teacher/coach from SEMS I can tell you there is no-one who cares for, or does more for, other peoples' children than Mrs. Riggs. I am very glad that students were not seriously hurt. I hope this can be taken for what it is, an accident, not a purposeful act of carelessness. The children of Edgecombe County are lucky to have people like Mrs. Riggs in their lives.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    I'm glad the kids escaped seriuos injury but as far as the driver goes she was Multitasking.
  • by Curtis on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:11 PM
    Thank god everyone is ok
  • by Amanda on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:50 PM
    I am from south edgecombe middle and when i heard about this my heart was broken. One of my very good friends abril wilkins and kilan winstead was put into the hospital. :( Mrs Riggs is a amazing lady and im sure all of this was an accident.
  • by Jeff Location: Tarboro on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:19 PM
    Thank God for If you have Direct TV you cannot get your station in Tarboro.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:00 PM
    Here comes the pee pee test and the law suits.
  • by anonymous Location: edgecombe on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:56 PM
    if you are about to write down your opinion READ THIS FIRST dont say nothing about this driver i like mrs riggs and i ride this bus trust me the people on this bus are wild they dont listen they wont sit down every time she drives she is constatly telling them to sit down and hush so if you are about to judge this woman drive this bus first
  • by anonymous Location: edgecomb on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    i ride this bus and trust me she did not mean to do this.
  • by S Location: ENC on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    I used to work for DMV and did road tests for bus drivers and I can tell you for a fact that I would NEVER want their job....Most bus drivers are extremely conscientious about their job & also are very protective of their students...Once in a while I will see one that will run a stopsign but for the most part they are very good drivers.. The main trouble bus drivers have is unruly & undisciplined kids who were never taught to behave at home,much less on a bus...I hope this bus driver is doing OK...sounds like she is a good one.
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