COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol is investigating a collision in Greenwood County involving a school bus carrying 35 occupants including the driver, according to Capt. R. K. Hughes.
A total of 13 passengers, including nine students, were transported to a medical facility, according to officials with South Carolina Department of Public Safety .
The news release states that the collision occurred around 1:19 p.m. on US-25 near Nation Road, approximately four miles south of Ware Shoals. The collision involved a 2015 Thomas Built school bus from Westwood Elementary School in Abbeville County.
The driver of the bus, Donna Mundy Link, 56, of Abbeville was injured and transported to Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood. It is unclear at this time if she was wearing a safety belt. There were 29 students and five chaperones on board.
At least one student and two adults were taken by helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital. Eight students and two adults were transported to Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood by EMS. The remaining students were returned to their families.
The bus was traveling South on US-25 near Nation Road, returning to Westwood Elementary school. The bus traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and a fence and traveled down an embankment.
This collision remains under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.