New Info: School Bus Accident In Pasquotank County

The driver of a pickup truck which struck a loaded school bus Tuesday is in serious condition at a Norfolk hospital.

The accident happened around 3:40 p.m. on Highway 17 and Main Street Extended, outside of Elizabeth City.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital says Brenda Daniels, age 59 of Hertford, is in serious condition. Lawmen say Daniels had surgery last night.

Some 40 students on the bus were sent to a local hospital, while one student, a 15-year-old, was also flown to Norfolk with a head injury.

Lawmen say he is okay and went home last night. All students are expected to be okay.

The driver of the bus was Valeria Moore, age 45, from Elizabeth City.

The school bus was travelling west on Main Street Extended, when lawmen say the truck broadsided the school bus.

The NC Highway Patrol says they expect charges to be filed in the accident, but at this time, it is not known against which driver.

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An accident has sent all the children on a school bus to the hospital. A 15-year-old student was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia for possible head injuries.

The state Highway Patrol said the driver of the truck was a woman who had to be cut out of the vehicle. The patrol said she was airlifted to a hospital.

The Highway Patrol says the crash happened on Highway 17, near the intersection of Main Street Extended, that's outside of Elizabeth City.

The bus landed on its side. Pitt County Memorial Hospital says an EastCare helicopter was called to the accident. The helicopter was seen flying one patient to Norfolk.

To view pictures of the accident, click on the PHOTOS tab at the top of the story

Angela Noblitt, a spokeswoman for the the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, tells WITN News that the accident happened around 3:40 p.m. It involved bus number 137 which had roughly 40 students from Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank High School.

WAVY-TV reports Forty-one of the students were transported to Albemarle Hospital to be checked out, with mostly minor injuries.

From aerial video it appears the school bus and a pickup truck hit head on. The pickup truck received extensive front end damage. It also looks like some of the students got out through an emergency hatch on the buses roof.

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  • by bob Location: nc on Jan 29, 2010 at 11:03 PM
    my friend was on that bus.
  • by I can't believe this! Location: Elizabeth City, NC on Jan 29, 2010 at 09:49 PM
    And not one single prayer request for the driver of the truck, who is in Sentara fighting for her life right now...I'm in disbelief. Have we forgotten about her? Ya know, everyone is blaming her and disregarding the fact that she is fighting for her life....what if, just what if, this turns out to be the bus driver's fault? And not one person is praying for her....just a thought people!!
  • by Sandy Location: Elizabeth City NC on Jan 27, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    I'm sorry for all the children and bus driver that got hurt in the accident on 01-26-10. So please keep these babies in your prayers. No weapon that is formed against u shall prosper.
  • by Ashley Location: Elizabeth City on Jan 27, 2010 at 03:18 PM
    i fell very sorry for the people on that bus and i will pry for all the people on that bus i am sad! i am thanking GOD for not allowing anyone to die on this bus crash i will tell evryone that i know to keep these people in there prayers and hope that the Little boy who got sent to noflok General is okay and hope GOD blessess him with that head injury to heal and make it all better! Just trust n believe in GOD and he will make it turn right for you and your family dont turn stuff on your family memmbers tell GOd frist you do taht by praying for whatever u are going though
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 27, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    My wife and I send our thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families. It touched her a bit as she is from Elizabeth City and one of her good friends from up there had a son who was on the bus. I sure hope they all have a speedy recovery. That scares me as a father of 2 boys. To Keegan, we will pray for Jared and hope you all get fully recovered. To Vance, that brat you were talking about should have been forced to find another way to get to school along with his parents receiving charges. To driver, I hope you just did not make the mistake of jinxing yourself like I did when I was 17. I said I would never get in a wreck and had flipped my ride on Highway 12 after running off the road going about 80-85 MPH. I was cocky and stupid at the time and could have killed myself easily. Thankfully I was the only individual in that wreck and came out alive.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    i'm all for people wearing their seatbelts but how do you make 30 kids wear there seatbelt on a bus? sure they can say you have to be buckled before they leave but as soon as the bus driver is driving the kids will just take them off. Its not like the drivier can enforce it. I would hope there attention would be on the road and not trying to watch and see if the children were buckled up.
  • by Keegan Location: Elixabeth City on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    My name is Keegan Massey. I was a middle school student on that bus. I was reading and then everything started to swirl. I hung on to the seat and I hit my head and had a black out. When i opende my eyes people were screaming and the top hatch that is on the top of the bus was next to me so I jumped out that. I luckly was the first one out and I started screaming for help and running to the Red Apple. Later on I found out the bus was flipped three times and spun around. Please anyone who reads this pray for Jared, a good friend of mine, who had to be flow out to Virgina after having a cersicre. Everyone was a ble to walk off that melt trap except him.
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      by Connor on Jul 6, 2011 at 12:56 PM in reply to Keegan
      I know it doesn't seem like anyone would be reading this more than a year later, but I hope that the people that were on that bus are okay. If anyone that was in my class in reading this, then you know who I am. I hope you are all alright.
  • by Teresa Location: Pitt County on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:32 AM
    Iam a Pitt County bus driver and driving a bus is a huge responsbility. I hope everyone in the bus accident will be ok. Sometimes as Iam driving my bus I also see unsafe drivers or trying to pass my bus in a no passing zone. Drivers please lookout for all school buses, remember we are carrying precious cargo .
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    like, omg, daiisha, please walk to school so you can learn how to SPELL and have better grammer, ya know what i sayin'??!!! geez!!!!
  • by Parent Location: Eastern NC on Jan 27, 2010 at 04:23 AM
    I know many people feel there should have been seat belts worn. What if the bus had of caught fire and it was elementary students that have to be individually cut out of their seat belts? Could you imagine a child burning alive?? School buses are the safest form of transportation. The seats and frame design are made to protect children in an accident and luckily there weren't but a few that were badly hurt it could have been worse. The statistics show that accidents involving a car has a higher rate of death. What if a few of these kids were riding in a car together home and where hit head on. There's a greater chance one of them would have died versus being able to receive medical care. All we can all do now is Pray and put it in Gods hands because he has a purpose that we don't always understand but loves us uncondiotionally. God Bless!!
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