NEW INFO: School Bus Driver Charged After Crash

A Duplin County school bus driver has been charged after troopers say she and 11 students were injured in a Wednesday morning school bus crash.

Tina Andrews has been charged with failure to maintain lane control by the Highway Patrol.

Troopers say the on-board bus camera showed the driver turning around and asking the children whether she is going the right way. That's when troopers say she lost control of the bus and it turned over.

Eleven students and Andrews were taken to the hospital after the bus rolled over in a wreck. The bus was headed to North Duplin Elementary School.

Duplin County Emergency Manager Reid Southerland tells WITN that it doesn't appear that any of the injuries were serious. Another 13 people refused treatment.

Officials say the wreck happened on Ralph Sutton Rd. at the intersection of Buckhill Rd. between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

Southerland says the bus hit a ditch while rounding a curve in the road, and the bus rolled over.

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  • by SMITH Location: DUPLIN on Feb 9, 2011 at 07:02 PM
    @ Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC how she gonna stand up before the beginning of the route.its no one up dare i think they need to blame it on the asst principal becasue shes the one that got her to drive the bus. so she should have provided the the run schdules. but all yall thats says blame MRS ANDREWS. which me not knowing her im on urside a 100 percent because i know what its like to be a sub driver and the kids dont want to tell u were to go. and stuff then u got the other kids that THERE PARENTS THINK THEY ARE SUCH A ANGEL DAT FELLED FROM THE SKY MISBEHAVING. because it happens on my bus. And this is also for the women that said her child was having nightmares, WOW ur child wasnt the only one up dare think about the others one. of course ur child gonna be scared she young she dont understand. AHH HELLO"Life goes on.For everbody that said that they belived she in the fault u got a point but blame the school system for not providng her direction.POINT BLANK PERIOD MI LESSON PROVEN.
  • by tc Location: saratoga on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    As a substitute driver I can attest that its not an easy job and every day is different . I understand that she was transporting someones baby, However most of these kids treat sub drivers like garbage and when you ask them a question they get the deer inthe headlight look about them . so maybe all you parents out there who wnat to condemn this poor women sit down and talk to your children and explain to them sometime a little cooperation can go along way.... I hope this lady is found not guilty she has done nothing wrong..
  • by shankera Location: ocala fl on Jan 31, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    o my godsh every 2 seconds something all ways happen but every anit perfect in this worl bust bus drivers are in cotroll of the buses i have to every morrin be4 i get on the bus never no what might happen
  • by Debra Bradshaw Location: Calypso, NC on Jan 28, 2011 at 06:53 PM
    O.L.I maybe you need to do some research before you comment on things. You are correct bus driving is a big responsibility but accidents do happen and thats what happened that morning. The driver was not distracted by the children she has a 4 year college degree she is not on drugs or does she have a criminal background.She has been a safe bus driver t for 6 year. She was sent on a bus route that she was not familiar with she took her eyes of the road for one ask a student a question and when she looked back the bus was going off the side of the road she tried to correct it and over corrected and it randown in a ditch and laid down on its side. Her own child was on the bus. It was an unfortunate accident but it could have happened to any of us.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 28, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    To dancer,Debra Bradshaw, unknown, et all: Tough! If you cannot handle the pressures/responsibilities of the job, do not take it on. 45 kids on a rainy day? That's the point...Tough; it's the job of the bus driver to get them home safely. No if's, and's, or but's. A good bus driver should have excellent vision, driving skills, at least a High School education, and be drug tested and have a criminal background check. If you are easily distracted by a group of disruptive children, you would not be my first choice for a Bus Driver; and I have a LOT of respect for them.
  • by dancer Location: duplin county on Jan 28, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    i think that everyone bashing this driver should get behind the wheel of one these rigs,load it with 45 kids,on a rainy day,& drive down a curvy,narrow, back country road that is unfamiliar to you,with a run sheet to read & find the house numbers on the homes, all while trying to keep order on the bus & keep your eyes on the road.Then work all day at your regular job@ school,then post your opinion!i am a sub driver. i am prob. more cautious on the bus than in my own vehicle.i know i have precious lives of others in my care.i know this driver.she is an excellent driver.she is a good person who has spent most of her life working with kids.she enjoys it & does a fine job.i am thankful that the children of our community as well as the driver were not injured any worse.i would gladly put my child on her bus even after this accident. ask yourself a ?. how many times have u almost wrecked or got distracted when u had someone's child in your car?are you some idiot that doesnt care about others?
  • by Debra Bradshaw Location: Calypso, Nc on Jan 28, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    I have known this bus driver since she was born she is my neice and she has dedicated her whole adult life to childern. She is hurting herself she had an accident. All that are posting negative comments need to think this could have been you. Hold your head high you have not done anything that someone else could not have done themselves. God loves you and he will be your judge not anyone else. Love you and believe in you
  • by unknown Location: Duplin on Jan 28, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    Let's not take this all the wrong way but everybody has accidents, and it don't matter what type of vehicle it was. Riding a school bus is a privlage not a right. So it would be the paren'ts decison to put his or her chid on the bus. Everyone makes mistakes and driving a bus has a lot of responsibilties. Until you are in the shoes of a bus driver and know what happens and goes on then you can talk. But not let's down talk the driver.Whether she was at fault or not let's just be thankful to God that it was no worser than it was.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:48 PM
    To "to Stan" - I am sorry, did you say the school bus is a free service? It may be free to those who don't pay taxes and receive other free stuff from the government? But I assure you it cost the rest of us dearly. Perhaps you mean that the children are FREE to take it or not. I assure you that this state could save billions if they stopped busing altogether. But they would just find something else equally worthless to spend the money on. They certainly would not give it back to the tax payers.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 27, 2011 at 04:58 PM
    To the people making 'light' of this bus overturning a load of children inside the bus, traumatizing them, and injuring them, get serious. This should not become the excused, accepted 'norm' or an everyday ocurrence. It is unacceptable. School System: Don't pull any job seeker off the street to drive a school bus. Test them, both on-paper and on-course. Make it mandatory every not forget drug testing, criminal background checks...after all; their your children; they are counting on you.

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