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.
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.
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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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