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Lenoir County school bus driver charged in crash in front of middle school

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 8:38 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 12:18 PM EST
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LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A school bus driver has been charged after her bus was hit by a pickup truck in front of a school this morning.

The Highway Patrol says Terrika Cotton, 37, of Kinston, was cited for failure to yield to an oncoming vehicle.

The crash happened in front of Woodington Middle School on Highway 258 South around 6:00 a.m.

Troopers say Cotton was pulling out and her sight was obscured by a truck in the turning lane for the school.

As she pulled out, her bus was hit in the side by a northbound truck.

The driver of the pickup truck was injured, troopers say.

Cotton and her daughter were the only ones on the school bus and neither of them was injured.

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