WILSON MILLS: School bus and tractor-trailer collide, 13 injured - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Truck driver charged after collision with Johnson Co. bus

Posted: Updated:
WILSON MILLS, N.C. -

The driver of a tractor trailer is was charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision and failing to wear a seat belt after colliding with a Johnston County school bus Wednesday morning.

The truck driver, Kenneth Green II, in critical but stable condition at WakeMed after the accident, officials said.

Bus 63 was on the way to Smithfield Middle School when it collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 70 east of Highway 42 near Industrial Drive in Johnston County.

An investigation revealed the school bus driver activated the amber flashing lights of the bus approximately a half mile from the location of the bus stop on U.S. 70.  Authorities said as the bus came to a stop, the tractor trailer struck the rear of the bus.

Reports from the scene indicate that seven children, the bus driver and tractor-trailer driver were injured and transported to the hospital. But some parents had their children transported after arriving at the scene.

Only one child suffered minor injuries.

"Some parents decided after they arrived to have their children transported," Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Tracey Peedin Jones said.

Witnesses said weather might have been a factor in the accident.

"It was really foggy outside, turned the flashers on, come and get into the turn lane to turn into the complex, and the truck came up from behind it, just never saw it coming," said witness Grey Basinger.

Thirteen were on board at the time of the incident.

Parents said they would like the bus stop moved off the busy highway.

Dennis Venable said this morning's accident was a good example of why extra precautions need to be made.

"I think a lot of times they (the school system) take precautions as best they can, but sometimes I think they need to kind of push that a little bit stronger," Venable said.

The school system said all of their safety systems worked as intended.

  • UPDATE: SWAT, Colleton County Deputies arrest suspect following stand-off

    UPDATE: SWAT, Colleton County Deputies arrest suspect following stand-off

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:08 AM EDT2014-08-22 09:08:46 GMT
    Law enforcement in Colleton County are in a stand-off with a suspect after trying to serve a warrant.According to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a home on Rum Gully Road in Islandton about 3:50 Thursday afternoon to serve an order of detention. After deputies met with a person on-scene that they believe the order of detention was intended, the subject pulled a rifle on deputies.SWAT and members of the Colleton County Sheriff's Office have the area surrounded.This ...
    Law enforcement in Colleton County are in a stand-off with a suspect after trying to serve a warrant.According to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a home on Rum Gully Road in Islandton about 3:50 Thursday afternoon to serve an order of detention. After deputies met with a person on-scene that they believe the order of detention was intended, the subject pulled a rifle on deputies.SWAT and members of the Colleton County Sheriff's Office have the area surrounded.This ...
  • Georgetown City Council discusses rebuild options after downtown fire

    Georgetown City Council discusses rebuild options after downtown fire

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:22:43 GMT
    Last September a fire devastated eight businesses in downtown Georgetown.Some of the buildings dated back to the 1700 and 1800s, and while the owners of the properties did lose a lot, some say they refuse to let the fire get the best of them.Jeanette Ard owns Colonial Florist in Georgetown and said, “We're going to build back - probably bigger and stronger than we were."On Thursday night Georgetown City Council met at City Hall. In an executive session, Mayor Jack Scoville says they discussed...
    Last September a fire devastated eight businesses in downtown Georgetown.Some of the buildings dated back to the 1700 and 1800s, and while the owners of the properties did lose a lot, some say they refuse to let the fire get the best of them.Jeanette Ard owns Colonial Florist in Georgetown and said, “We're going to build back - probably bigger and stronger than we were."On Thursday night Georgetown City Council met at City Hall. In an executive session, Mayor Jack Scoville says they discussed...
  • Final scores from night one at Sertoma Classic

    Final scores from night one at Sertoma Classic

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:38:31 GMT
    Night one of the 44th annual Sertoma Classic is in the books. Here are the final scores from Thursday night:Porter-Gaud, 15 Lincoln, 0Baptist Hill, 6 Cane Bay 13Hanahan, 0 Summerville, 0Stratford, 9 Timberland , 13 (2 quarters)James Island, 0 St John's, 6Goose Creek, 27 West Ashley, 8 (2 quarters)Schedule for Friday night:Academic Magnet vs StallPalmetto Christian vs GarrettBurke vs First BaptistPinewood vs North CharlestonNorthwood vs Military Magnet (2 quarters)Wando vs Bishop England (22 q...
    Night one of the 44th annual Sertoma Classic is in the books. Here are the final scores from Thursday night:Porter-Gaud, 15 Lincoln, 0Baptist Hill, 6 Cane Bay 13Hanahan, 0 Summerville, 0Stratford, 9 Timberland , 13 (2 quarters)James Island, 0 St John's, 6Goose Creek, 27 West Ashley, 8 (2 quarters)Schedule for Friday night:Academic Magnet vs StallPalmetto Christian vs GarrettBurke vs First BaptistPinewood vs North CharlestonNorthwood vs Military Magnet (2 quarters)Wando vs Bishop England (22 q...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.