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Tractor-trailer driver charged after colliding with school bus in Columbus County

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Published: Jan. 7, 2020 at 11:03 AM EST
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The driver of the tractor-trailer that struck an occupied school bus in Columbus County Tuesday morning has been charged in connection with the wreck, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

The eight children and two adults who were on a Ransom Head Start Center bus, which had stopped in the westbound lanes on U.S. 74/76 to pick up a student at the time of the collision, were taken to the hospital.

An official with the State Highway Patrol said Wednesday morning that all 10 patients had been treated and released. However, Tamara Monroe, who works for childcarecenters.us which oversees Ransom Head Start Center, told WECT that two students and one staff member remained hospitalized as of Wednesday afternoon.

The tractor-trailer driver allegedly was reaching down to pick up a cigarette just before colliding with the bus just before 9 a.m., according to Chief Steve Camlin with Acme-Delco Riegelwood Fire Department.

A tractor-trailer collided with a head start school bus in Columbus County Tuesday morning.

Camlin said that the tractor-trailer driver swerved but still hit the school bus. A FedEx vehicle that was behind the tractor-trailer also struck the bus which ended up rolling over three times during the chain-reaction crash, according to Camlin.

The two adults on the bus were airlifted. The drivers of the other two vehicles were not injured.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Daniel Musick, of Statesville, has been charged with failing to reduce speed. First Sgt. E.C. Harris said that an investigation into the crash is ongoing and more charges are possible.


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A tractor-trailer driver allegedly was reaching down to pick up a cigarette just before colliding with a school bus in Columbus County Tuesday morning, according to Chief Steve Camlin with Acme-Delco Reigelwood Fire Department.

A Head Start school bus had stopped in the westbound lanes on U.S. 74/76 to pick up a student at the time of the collision.

Camlin said that the tractor-trailer driver swerved but still hit the school bus.

The bus rolled over three times, according to Camlin.

Two adults and eight children were on the bus at the time of the collision.

At least two people were taken to the hospital by Airlink. Other patients were taken by ambulance.

The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.

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