The Asheboro City School Bus rear-ended another Asheboro school bus, causing a chain-reaction collision that involved a third bus. More than 30 students were transported to area hospitals. The bus driver responsible for the accident was cited for failure to decrease speed as necessary to avoid colliding with another vehicle.
He will be fined $193 if convicted and has a court date scheduled for Feb. 10.
The crash happened as a total of 158 students from North Asheboro Middle School were going on a field trip to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. A fourth bus was not involved.
Many times, school bus accidents in North Carolina or school transportation accidents occur during field trips or other outings and not during regular scheduled morning or afternoon bus routes. Schools, busing companies and bus drivers still have an obligation to ensure the safe of students during such field trips. Earlier this year, a horrific school bus accident outside St. Louis killed several students and injured more than 50 after one of the buses slammed into a semi during a field trip to an amusement park. Two school buses were involved in that accident.
In the Cary accident, uninjured students, teachers and chaperones were taken to a Marriott until school officials could arrange for their transportation back to school.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident at school, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.