17 hurt in crash involving school bus, dump truck; 15 students expected to be OK, MEDIC says
CHARLOTTE — 17 people, including 15 students, were hurt in a crash involving a school bus that was headed to South Mecklenburg High School Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The crash happened on Sharon Road West at Sharonbrook Drive at about 6:30 am The whole scene was east of South Boulevard. Authorities said it involved a school bus, a passenger car, and a small white dump truck.
Paramedics said they had several units at the scene, including the mass casualty bus.
In an update just before 8 am, MEDIC said 17 people were hurt — the dump truck driver had injuries MEDIC called “life-threatening.” First responders also said 15 of the patients were children and they were taken to the hospital on the mass casualty bus. They were all expected to recover, MEDIC said.
In a news conference after that, just after 8 am, officials said the driver of the school bus and the dump truck driver were both trapped in the crash. Charlotte Fire Department firefighters were able to free the bus driver in 30 minutes and the dump truck driver in an hour. CFD Battalion Chief Michael Gerin said the extrication took so long because of the “high impact” of the bus and the truck.
MEDIC Operations Superior Kenny Phillips said both drivers were aware when they were taken to the hospital, but he didn’t have anything further on their conditions.
Phillips said they were able to get the students who were on the bus off of it quickly.
Paramedics also said they were coordinating with hospitals to take patients to multiple locations.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the bus involved is bus 222 that was heading to South Mecklenburg High School. 40 students were on board, CMS said.
Channel 9 crews saw a massive response at the crash scene from several Mecklenburg County agencies. Parents at the scene told Reporter Anthony Kustura they were trying to pick up their kids from the crash site.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it didn’t expect any charges in the crash, as it seemed to be an accident. The road was estimated to remain closed until just after 8:30 am
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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