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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