North Carolina school bus crash, 18 children, 4 adults injured.
18 people were injured and one person was flown to a hospital after an Early Head Start school bus overturned just before 3 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 52 near Quail Ridge Road south of Albemarle in Stanly County, officials said.
Kiara Smith told Channel 9’s Dashawn Brown four of her children were on the bus — two sets of twins ages 3 and 4.
“It was very unexpected. We were sitting waiting for them to come to the bus stop and a guy came over and said the kids have been in an accident on the bus,” she said.
Troopers said a 2012 Dodge pickup truck towing a trailer was traveling east on Quail Ridge Road when it failed to stop at a stop sign and slammed into the bus that was traveling north on U.S. Highway 52, carrying 15 preschoolers and two adults.
Most of them were taken to Atrium-Stanly to be checked out. They had non-life-threatening injuries.
“Only thing I knew, I just saw the bus. Only thing I know, I just wanted to get to my children. It was like I was trying to get to them and I couldn’t go,” said Smith.
Smith and her mother, Clara Harden, described nothing short of heroism on the part of the the driver and school staff to make sure the children were accounted for and safe.
“When I finally saw my kids, the only thing I wanted to do was just hold my kids,” said Smith.
Smith sent Channel 9 a sweet video from home showing her kids all smiles after being released from the hospital.
“Just know that God is real. It’s a feeling that you barely even get just to be able to see your kids still talking. Still talking. Still here. It wasn’t anybody but God,” she said.
A 2005 Toyota Scion was traveling behind the school bus and also crashed, troopers said.
The driver of the Scion was seriously injured and flown to Atrium-CMC in Charlotte.
Authorities said the driver of the truck is expected to be charged.