Truck Driver Charged, 17 Hurt In School Bus Accident

The Highway Patrol has charged the driver of a box truck that slammed into the back of a stopped school bus this morning. Sixteen students and the truck driver were taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened on Highway 55 near Reelsboro in Pamlico County. Troopers say the bus was stopped to pick up a child when the truck came around a curve and couldn't stop. The bus had it's red flashing lights on, and the trooper says the bus driver saw the approaching truck and knew that she was going to be hit so she didn't open the door for the child.

Sidney Rountree of Grifton has been charged with unsafe movement and having no operators license.

The Highway Patrol says nine students were taken to the hospital by rescue crews, three were brought in by their parents, while another four are being brought in from the school. The trooper says the students received mostly neck and back injuries.

The students injured range in age from 11 to 17 years old and all had been released from the hospital by late Tuesday afternoon. School officials say there were 27 students on the bus.

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An accident involving a school bus and a six-wheel box truck injured 10 people. Emergency officials say the wreck happened on Highway 55 near Reelsboro in Pamlico County.

Emergency management says nine students and the driver the 2-ton box truck went to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.

The principal of Pamlico County Middle School, Lisa Jackson, says none of the injuries are being considered life-threatening. Jackson says all the other students on the bus were taken to school by another school bus.

The bus was transporting students to Pamlico County Middle School and Pamlico County High School when the wreck happened Wednesday morning, according to Jackson.

In a phone interview with WITN, Jackson said the school bus driver was completely stopped when the truck rear-ended the bus. The impact pushed the bus a distance from where it was stopped.

No charges have been filed at this time.

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