Students Hurt After School Bus Tips Over On Icy Road

Twenty-one students received were injured in a school bus crash Thursday morning in Bertie County as schools were trying to get kids home in the snow.

State troopers say it happened around 10:50 a.m. on Highway 45 south of Colerain when bus number 165 slid on ice and tipped over.

The Highway Patrol says the students from Colerain Elementary School were transported to Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie.

The most serious injury was one girl breaking her collar bone in the crash.

Interim superintendent Dr. Will Crawford says it turned out not to be a good decision to hold school Thursday. He says conditions changed and the school system decided to send the kids home. Crawford said they're lucky no one was killed in the crash.

Bertie County Schools are on a two-hour delay Friday.


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  • by kate Location: bertie on Jan 10, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    i think the schools should have been cancelled~~~~~~~~,and its not cool when your siblings go to that school and you think that it is them and you are freaking out so we should have stayed home
  • by Doesn't matter Location: Al Gore's Interweb on Dec 21, 2010 at 10:16 PM
    Its hard to make decisions about when to send your kids to school because the schools and school board hold missing ANY (excused or not) school days above your head. There is a law about how many days you are allowed to miss and you can only make-up days if the school makes them up not the individual. NC school systems always cancel school for a flake of snow but keep it open when there is a complete coverage of ice on the roads.
  • by charles Location: windsor on Dec 21, 2010 at 09:59 PM
    Parent have the final decision. A few years ago, during a Hurricane Bertie Co. did not cancel school and buses meet with downed trees and wind sheer and of course there were children on the buses. Who's fault? The parent's fault. Some of these parents are so glad to get rid of their kids. They don't care what the condition are outside. If the school bus runs, you will get on it. And it is not because they have to work. Most working parents err on the side of safety. They don't worry about the school's rule, they protect their kids and keep them home.
  • by Dancelife04 Location: at barre on Dec 21, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    To "MIKE":...Overpaid?? really?? Check your facts before you post darling. NC Teachers are some of the lowest paid professionals in the state.
  • by bus driver Location: bertie county on Dec 20, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    u cant blame the parents for sending the child to school because if it was your child then you would have sent them to school as well when you know that the school was open and your child was gone be mark absent for the day.. I blame the school system for making a stupid decision on having school open that day..or when we got to school they should have let us go back home not stay at school u know they call for everything else on those radios then they could have call and told us to return the kids home do to the weather that we were having.. I didn't understand that because when they want something they call on those radios for everything else.
  • by Ted Location: slip sliding away on Dec 17, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    CAN YOU SAY LAWSUIT MR. SUPT. ?
  • by SAM Location: GVEGAS on Dec 17, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    Last time I checked the Emergency Management Director of Bertie Co. was the same flavor as the Supt.He sits in Windsor and makes decisions instead of riding around the county to actually see what the roads are like.They might look good there but could be treacherous in Colerain Or Roxobel.
  • by Mike Location: HAMILTON on Dec 17, 2010 at 04:56 PM
    TO TEACHER IN ROCKY MOUNT STOP YOUR WHINING YOU ARE ALL OVERPAID IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE JOB GO FIND ANOTHER ONE. IF I WAS THERE FOR ONE DAY A LOT OF THE RUDE ONES WOULD BE GOING TO THE HOSPITAL.
  • by Tina Location: Greenville on Dec 17, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    I totally agree with you Lori. Parents should make responsible decisions.
  • by MomK82 Location: Ahoskie on Dec 17, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    @ Quiltless, sure I have made mistakes in my life but never one to injure lives . I'm just saying they were trying to prevent those kids from missing one day out of school . Now look how many days those injured kids will miss now . It made no sense . The county was out of school today and have to make it up Sat . So why couldn't they stay home Thursday and make it up Sat.? Any missed time can be made up . What if this was worse an education means nothin without a life . I completely agree with Where are the seatbelts! If it's a law to secure these kids with a seatbelt in our cars then why shouldn't the buses have to follow this law ? I personally would have never put my children on the bus that day .
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