POLICE: Driver Who Struck Bus Had Heart Attack

Police say a man whose car struck a Wilson County school bus Monday morning died from a heart attack.

Robert Hills was traveling down Forest Hills Road when police say his Lincoln went left of center and struck the bus. The 69-year-old Hills died, while no one on the bus was injured.

Police say Hills suffered a heart attack which resulted in his death. They say their investigation continues to make sure there were no other factors that contributed to the crash.

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Police say a 69-year-old man is dead after his vehicle struck a Wilson County school bus this morning.

Sgt. John Slaughter identified the victim as Robert Hills of Wilson. He says Hills' Lincoln was heading south on Forest Hills Road around 6:50 a.m. when it crossed the center line and struck the full-size school bus.

The bus was headed to Fike High School with five special needs students, a driver and a driver's assistant on board. All seven people were sent to the hospital to be checked out.

Slaughter says speed was not a factor in the crash as both vehicles were going about the speed limit. He says it's likely an autopsy will be done on Hill to see if there was some medical condition that caused the accident.

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Wilson police are investigating a fatal crash between a school bus and a car.

Sgt. John Slaughter told WITN a school bus collided with a Lincoln around 6:50 a.m. Monday at Forest Hills and Cardinal. The driver of the Lincoln died. The person's name has not been released.

None of the children on the bus were injured. The bus driver is also ok. The bus was headed to Fike High School, according to Amber Whitley, Director of Public Relations for Wilson County Schools. There were five students, a driver and a driver assistant on the bus when the crash happened. They were taken to the hospital in Wilson to be checked out.

Slaughter says the Lincoln was heading south on Forest Hills when it crossed the center line and struck the oncoming bus. He says speed was not a factor as both vehicles were going around the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.

Forest Hills Rd. is blocked off right now at Raleigh Rd. in Wilson as police investigate the fatal crash.

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  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    Folks, medical conditions like this happen behind the wheel more often than we realize. It's sad for all parties involved.
  • by praying... on Sep 21, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    Oh my...praying for all and the families...God Bless them
  • by pete Location: grifton on Sep 21, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    Sad & sorry the man died.I am surprised you don't here about more accidents like this with drivers having heart attacks.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Sep 20, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    Special Needs buses HAVE TO HAVE TWO PEOPLE on board. Some children need help exiting the bus, especially if they're in a wheel chair. Some children with autism have trouble staying in their seat, and sometimes they'll fight with other students (aggression from fatigue or stress can trigger mood swings). Bus drivers cannot manage the students and watch the road at the same time, nor can they exit the bus to help a student off, leaving the other students alone for any length of time. Please use your heads before you comment.
  • by anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    A man lost his life in an accident with a school bus this morning and all you people can do is comment on whether the bus needed and assistant or whether the bus was new or not. I think comments should be directed toward that part of the article since it is the MAIN IDEA we need to be getting from it!
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      by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 06:57 PM in reply to anonymous
      Some people are more worried about stuff like that than human life I reckon. You see it all the time people only comment about frivolous stuff that shouldnt matter at all.
  • by xbus driver Location: williamston on Sep 19, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    Ya'll need to either leave a nice comment or prayers!! I drove school bus (with all kinds of special needs and whatnot) Stop with all rude/cruel comments!!!
  • by dumb luck Location: greenville on Sep 19, 2011 at 03:52 PM
    why is it that all the buses that get wrecked are the recent,newer ones, while the 20 year old jalopies carry on and break down all by themselves.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 08:44 PM in reply to dumb luck
      things are made cheaper nowadays....things were built to last back then before companies figured out they could get cheaper labor in other countries.
  • by @back on Sep 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    Because the kids are special need in case of an emergency with them an assistant is there for safety of the children and driver
  • by Back Location: school on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    4 backs info assistant doesnt get paid 4 riding the bus. Not in this county.
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Sep 19, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    At 17 I was driving school kids to and from class every school day with NO assistance. So why now does it take 2 adults to do the same job? Pathetic waste of money. Doesn't say much for the drivers the state hires either.
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      by look again on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:12 AM in reply to Back
      to back / Only EC bus would have assistant. Different than what you drove.
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      by really on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM in reply to Back
      Did you read the whole article ? it said special needs students , maybe one of them needed constant supervision , or maybe it took two adults to get one of them off the bus ..... or maybe one was just hooking a ride to school either way ......your post was very un needed ..... My prayers to everyone involved
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      by Maeann Holland on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:19 AM in reply to Back
      Well congradulations for driving a bus with NO assistances but as a single mother who put her daughter on the school bus for the first time this morning...It would make me feel better knowing there was an assistant. Someone to control to kids while the driver is DRIVING. And from the story I read, it was the car's fault. At the time of the incident, I'm sure the driver was glad to have an ASSISTANCE in dealing with the kids, checking them for injuries, and reassuring them that they were going to be ok. Go on somewhere else with that crap. Our state might waste money, but saying that they are wasting it on kids safety does sit well with me!
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      by jerry on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:39 AM in reply to Back
      true when I was in high school the seniors drove the buses and that was a special deal for the but now only special needs cildren require an assistant.
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      by Me on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to Back
      Yeah, I'm pretty sure driving special needs children would involve needing an assistant. Think before you speak because you just sound plain rude.
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      by Transportation Specialist on Sep 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM in reply to Back
      To Back...you are another case of being uninformed before speaking your opinion. Special needs buses require monitors for the students because some are in wheelchairs and some may have disabilities that will not allow them to board the bus without assistance. The driver cannot get out from under the wheel to load or unload students...
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        by Teacher on Sep 19, 2011 at 03:44 PM in reply to Transportation Specialist
        Children who are EC have a variety of different needs. I think every bus who is caring children who are EC should have a assistant. Children with needs sometimes are hard enough to do when you are in school let alone being on a moving bus.
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