Truck Driver to Face Charges After Failing to Stop for School Bus
Stanly County, NC – A tractor-trailer driver will face charges after failing to stop and causing a crash involving a school bus carrying 25 students on Thursday.
The accident occurred at approximately 7:19 a.m. along westbound Highway 24 near Converse Road, southwest of Albemarle.
According to investigators, a Stanly County school bus transporting 25 students to West Stanly high and middle schools was stopped to pick up a student when a tractor-trailer failed to slow.
The big rig struck a Ford F-150 behind the bus which caused the pickup truck to then strike the rear of the school bus.
The semi also struck the rear of the bus, according to officials.
A total of 12 students and the bus driver were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, according to local news reports.
Two students suffered critical injuries, according to a report by wsoctv.
The driver of the pickup truck only suffered minor injuries, while the tractor-trailer driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
It is unclear why the truck driver failed to stop.
However, officials indicated the driver of the big rig will be charged with careless and reckless driving.
Additional charges could be added as the investigation is still ongoing.