Multiple HS students, driver injured after bus crash in Salisbury
Bus #19 from West Rowan High ran off the road, struck a tree
SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - Seven students and the bus driver were transported to the hospital after a reported school bus crash in Salisbury, according to Superintendent Kelly Withers of Rowan-Salisbury Schools.
The crash took place late Tuesday afternoon near Hurley Elementary School on Jack Brown Road.
WBTV’s David Whisenant confirms that the bus was from West Rowan High School.
According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, a fight took place between two students. After the students were removed and the route was continued, the driver had a seizure.
The bus ran off the roadway and struck a tree.
Dr. Withers said there appear to be minor injuries.
As of 9 p.m. on Tuesday, all but one student had been discharged from the hospital with an injured foot.
According to the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Public Information Officer, there were eight students and the driver on bus #19 from West Rowan High when the crash happened. Seven students and the driver went to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. One student was assessed on the scene.
Holly Hall lives on Jack Brown Road and was sitting on her front porch.
“I saw a yellow thing zoom past and as soon as I heard the crash I ran out,” Hall said.
Hall has firefighting experience and rushed to the bus to help anyone hurt.
“We were able to get one of the emergency windows open and able to get all the kids out,” Hall added. “It could have been a lot worse. We all thought it was going to flip, thank God it didn’t.”
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
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