4 Killed In Crash Involving NC School Bus

We now know the names of the family members killed. The Highway Patrol Identified the father as 31-year-old Joshua Williams, the mother was 30-year-old Brandy Williams, and the two sons were 9-year-old Joshua Williams and 6-year-old Gavin Williams.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Gordon says there was only one child on the bus. That unidentified student and the driver, 61-year-old Connie Russ, were taken to a local hospital.

He says the crash happened about 4:00p.m. Tuesday when the 1992 Chrysler passenger car crossed the center line on a curve on Camp Branch Road and hit the bus near Ash in Brunswick County.

The bus came from Waccamaw Elementary School in Ash.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    Not only should we remember and pray for everyone involved, but also for the children that went to the school with the other children involved in the accident as well. There are going to be counselors, psychologists, etc. at the school to console these children and help them cope too. Such a tragic thing to happen...
  • by To What on Mar 9, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    It does not appear that the accident had anything to do with it being a bus. The bus was in its lane of traffic when it was hit by a van that was on the wrong side of the road.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    To BC cop - how about remembering the bus driver and passenger victims too. Not only the lost. They need the prayer to recover from what happened to them.
  • by Mom Location: NC on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    Sad. Prayers for the bus driver and passenger for a quick recovery. Thoughts and prayers for the family of the lost family. God Bless all.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 9, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    Thoughts and prayers go out to the extended family and friends of these 4 people. If you did'nt see the wreck or know what's going on, then there's no sense in assume whether someone was distracted or not.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    My husband responded to this accident, he is a police officer. He said it was horrible, and it was indeed an accident. The card drifted over the center lane and hit the bus head on. The car was going at a high rate of speed. So don't judge before you know the facts. My prayers are with everyone involved. The families are very well known in this area and they were good people!
  • by Just Me on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    I feel so sorry for everyone involved. May God help you all. What an awful tragedy.
  • by Tenea Location: Greenville on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:03 AM
    First I want to send my heartfelt apologies to the Williams Family.Regardless of the situation 4 lives was lost and I pray that EVERYONE takes safe precaution on the roads. No one should have to go through this. And please stop judging or assume what happen. ONLY GOD KNOWS. REMEMBER THAT!!!!!!!!
  • by BC COP on Mar 8, 2011 at 07:43 PM
    I was one of the first responders. Terrible scene. It has to be one of the worse car accidents I have seen on the force. I can only pray for the family and love ones of the Williams Family.
  • by Destany Location: NC on Mar 8, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    I was involved in a accident & ppl shouldnt being trying to place blame but pray for the grieving families...u never know how precious a life is until its gone put yourself in there situation...
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