School Bus Crash In Edenton

Police say they have just cleared the scene of a traffic accident in Edenton that involved a school bus.

Police say the school bus was hit during a chain reaction crash caused by another driver. The bus was headed to White Oak Elementary School in Edenton. The crash happened on Virginia St., which is also Highway 32, near Luke St. in Edenton. That's in front of Chowan Hospital, and witnesses say the traffic there was backed up after the crash.

Michelle Maddox with Edenton-Chowan Schools says 31 students were on the bus at the time, and she's not aware of any serious injuries. They were all taken to Chowan Hospital to be checked out.

Police say the person driving the vehicle that appeared to cause the crash was taken to the hospital. Edenton police say three vehicles were involved in the crash, which is under investigation. Maddox says a vehicle turned in front of the bus and crashed into it.


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  • by J Location: Greenville on Nov 21, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    I think this thread is getting way too carried away with criticisms. First off, I am a school bus driver, and for those of you who haven't driven a bus, then you do not know how difficult it is to drive a vehicle that size with 30-60 children on there at one time. Often times the school bus is the only place in public education that has that many kids at one time. Rarely does a classroom have that many students. So you see, a bus driver has a lot to balance with watching the road, traffic, handling a huge vehicle, and keeping an eye on all of those children. Second, accidents happen. Its part of us all being human. Whether we drive a car, a bus, a truck or whatever. Last, sometimes the school district is not given a choice but to take students to the ER following a school bus accident. Often times, the police require school officials to have students transported to the ER. It is a much more complicated situation as opposed to a car accident. Hope this clears up some confusion! Happy Thanksgiving!
  • by I agree Location: Edenton on Nov 21, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    I agree with the last post. Just be thankful no one was injured.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    There sure are a lot of people concerned about how much this is going to cost! How about let's be thankful that noone was seriously injured. That would really cost someone big! And yes, I can speak. My son has been involved in a school bus accident, and thankfully noone was hurt then either. Happy THANKSgiving!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    How many parents have already retained an attorney?
  • by sue happy on Nov 21, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    Come on. It doesn't matter if its the schools fault. Its free money and the american way. Sue everyone that way you can stay at home and collect "assistance".
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    The ER is not going to do head-to-toe CT scans of each child looking for "hidden injuries". The doctor will ask them if they hurt anywhere, maybe test their reflexes, and "clear" them. Ka-ching!! Another $1000 bucks (per kid) is wasted by educators playing cover-my-butt.
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      by Michelle on Nov 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM in reply to
      well if it is not the bus drivers fault then the school wont be paying for it! If I read the article correctly it was another driver's fault and their insurance is suppose to cover the accident.
  • by concerned Location: edenton on Nov 21, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    well we know now that our childrens cost for school is going up cause drivers are not being careful when it comes to buses so everyone get your wallets out and get ready to hand over some cash cause the drivers of the cars or suvs whatever they were are gonna be suing thats why they are at the er
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      by Really??? on Nov 21, 2011 at 08:26 AM in reply to concerned
      Doubt they can sue the school when it wasn't their fault...
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      by CritterLover on Nov 21, 2011 at 09:02 AM in reply to concerned
      Sweetie, the school bus was not at fault. Read the story.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 01:00 PM in reply to concerned
      wasn't the school buses fault...
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    If none of them are complaining of pain, or do not have obvious injuries, why are they taking all 31 kids to the ER? (Probably by ambulance too - right in front of the hospital.) Shouldn't parents, not CYA school officials, make that treatment decision?
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      by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 06:31 AM in reply to
      Yeah, but if they didn't get the kids checked out, then parents would be complaining that their child wasn't properly taken care of. I'd rather them take my child in and make sure there's nothing wrong than to find out about an unseen injury later.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 07:04 AM in reply to
      MONEY, follow it. Sure hope the parents can afford to pay for the thousands in test they will run to make sure the kids are not lie about not being hurt.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 01:01 PM in reply to
      Parents were not there so the school officials must act as guardian until parent can get there.
  • by Edenton Mom on Nov 21, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    to Really: I think it is a precaution the schools take to make sure everyone is ok....this is procedure and I think it is necessary
  • by Really??? on Nov 21, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    I'm wondering who said no students were injured... ER is still full and students still waiting to be seen....
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      by CritterLover on Nov 21, 2011 at 09:03 AM in reply to Really???
      They ALL have to be checked out by a doctor to confirm there was no injury.
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