ECU Bus Driver 'Off The Road' After Morning Accident

The driver of an ECU transit bus has been charged after five people were injured in a chain reaction accident this morning near campus. Late this afternoon the university said that driver has been removed from service, pending an investigation.

The crash happened at 10th and Maple streets around 11:40 a.m.

Greenville police say a vehicle was turning into Newman Catholic Campus Ministry and two other vehicles had stopped. Police say the approaching ECU bus crashed into one vehicle, which then struck the other vehicle in front of it.

Five people were taken to Vidant Medical Center with unknown injuries. None of the eight people on the bus were injured.

The bus driver, who is a student, was charged with failure to reduce speed.

Police said the bus driver said he was looking in the rear view mirror and then noticed the stopped vehicles in front of him.

“The driver of the bus is a student employee,” said Wood Davidson, ECU transit director. “An investigation by our operations and safety units is under way and the employee will be subject to our personnel polices as appropriate based on the findings of the investigation.”

Greenville police say they're investigating an accident this morning that involves an ECU bus.

The crash happened at 10th and Maple streets around 11:40 a.m.

Police say there are injuries in the accident and they are diverting traffic on 10th Street down Elm Street. Sgt. Joe Friday asks drivers to avoid that area of 10th Street.

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  • by ECU Transit Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    Wood is a snake and he should be investigated for all the items mentioned in the above comments. There are very few that like him and his "all about me" attitude.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    Are you sure the idiot wasn't texting on his stupid smartphone? I also hold a CDL and drive 80,000lb trucks and trailers and have seen so many idiots on their phones and texting. Don't think for a minute either that if you are texting in front of me that i plan on killing myself for people being stupid.
  • by wood is a theif on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:07 PM
    I work there and know for a fact he has stole state property whichhe sold for cash and put it in his pocket. No one did anything about it. He should have been fired for sure. Why did nothing happen. Witn should check it out!
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      by Pirate on Feb 12, 2012 at 08:42 AM in reply to wood is a theif
      what about that expensive bus tracking project announced last year that SGA gave $500,000 too. I am bout to graduate and still can not track the brown bus on my phone. Must have pocketed the rest of the cash....
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      by transit on Feb 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM in reply to wood is a theif
      lol you should be fired. ur lucky you have a job. Probably another annoying employee
  • by Not surprised on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    Nothing new at ECU.
  • by student on Feb 11, 2012 at 08:52 AM
    That transit place is all kinds of messed up. I herd dat director guy is a thief and got caught sellin state property for cash and for some reason didn't get fired. Isn't that illegal?
  • by Party bus on Feb 10, 2012 at 07:26 PM
    Typical for ECU.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 09:11 PM in reply to Party bus
      Why do you people insist on constantly bashing on ECU. It's getting old now.
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        by Answer on Feb 11, 2012 at 08:07 AM in reply to
        Good question. The answer is because so many people are frustrated, bitter, and emotionally insecure. Thus, they act out here against the largest local institution in a pathetic and primitive act of projection and displacement in a hopeless attempt as finding inter-personal relief. WITN, on their part, actively encourages and promotes this anti-social and destructive behavior in order to generate web-site hits and comments (like this one). WITN feels no social responsibility or journalistic integrity. In fact, I just "LOL'd" when typing the terms WITN and "responsibility" and "integrity". WITN has sold their souls for on-line attention.
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          by You sound so smart on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:20 PM in reply to Answer
          Typical under-educated ECU student trying to sound smart. I bet you wear fake glasses too....
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          by Answer on Feb 12, 2012 at 06:01 AM in reply to Answer
          "under-educated", huh? Baccalaureate degree from ECU, M.D. from Perelman School of Medicine- University of Pennsylvania. I'm hardly a "student" either and have been practicing professionally for 20 years. The preceeding may sound arrogant, but if you met me, you'd find I'm a decent guy. I'm just calling a spade a spade. Quite frankly, you were wrong on every point in the 16 words you typed (I don't wear glasses either). You have a rare (in)ability to post so many erroneous assumptions in so few words. In some alternate, opposite universe this would be considered "perfection". In fact, you are the EXACT case-in-point of my first post. Congratulations!
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        by DS1 on Feb 12, 2012 at 11:46 AM in reply to
        "Baccalaureate degree from ECU????" NEVER HEARD OF THAT!!!
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          by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 06:14 AM in reply to DS1
          Of course you haven't, just goes to show your lack of education. Also, I think that YOU are EXACTLY who Answer is referencing in his 2/11 at 11:07 am posting. LOL!!!
  • by Steven Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2012 at 06:58 PM
    The training required to become a bus driver is quite intense and weeds out people who are in it for an 'easy' job. I bet that the cars slammed on their brakes and didn't signal they were turning.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 06:29 PM in reply to Steven
      You idoit both cars came to a full stop. Asked yourself why was the bus speeding down 10th St. neither car 1 or car 2 was at fault. What was the bus driver doing at that time if he could not stop. If the speed limit was 25 mph why was he speeding? You was there at the sence so u don't know. anyway 15 to 20 people cant be making up the same story. get your fact before speaking out.
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        by Someone on Feb 13, 2012 at 07:38 PM in reply to
        Actually the speed limit in that area is 35mph. No one really knows the facts except those involved. Every one of those drivers go through very extensive training. Stop hating on them. Maybe people should look at statistics for other mass transit agencies and see how many accidents they have but are never reported. It seems people just have it out for PROFESSIONAL student drivers because people think they aren't mature. Most of those drivers are a lot more mature than 90 percent of the student body at ECU and have had more training driving that bus than the school buses you see little kids ride on. Remember that parents! So why doesn't everyone keep their hateful opinions to themselves. If you don't have something nice to say then keep your mouth shut! If you really hate these drivers so bad, walk from your apartment complex to campus!
  • by John Location: Simpson on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
    ECU is so sorry they can't even teach a guy how to drive a bus.
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      by JKL on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:56 AM in reply to John
  • by momandstudent Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:22 PM
    I ride the ECU transit twice a day, three days a week and I have not experienced anything less than wonderful care given by each of the drivers. I was not on this bus this morning, but people need to not criticize an entire transportation system over this incident.
  • by doesn't matter Location: greenville on Feb 10, 2012 at 04:54 PM
    If I had to guess, just like a majority of NC drivers, the vehicle turning probably failed to use his/her turn signal or turned it on about 25 feet from the turn. Having ridden on the buses I know the brakes work very well and the drivers are very cautious.
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