School Bus Involved in Fiery Crash in Darlington County, South Carolina
DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC. – A school bus was involved in a fiery vehicle crash January 22 in Darlington County, South Carolina, according to an online news report from wsoctv.com. More than 30 students were on the bus at the time, and none were seriously injured.*
The accident occurred on the morning of January 22. A bus with Darlington County Schools was carrying elementary students to school and stopped at a set of railroad tracks (as required by law). A vehicle traveling behind the bus then rear-ended it. Reports did not say on what street the accident occurred.
After impact, a fire broke out. Photos from the scene show a silver car wedged partially underneath the bus. It appears the car caught on fire, and the fire spread to the back end of the bus. It is not clear how fast the car was traveling when it crashed into the back of the school bus.
A spokesperson for Darlington County Schools, Audrey Childers, said 34 students from two elementary schools were on board the bus at the time of the crash. Officials reported, thankfully, that no student was seriously injured, but it is not clear if any students required medical attention. None of the students has been identified.
The driver of the car has also not been identified. South Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver was injured and transported to a local hospital. His or her current condition is not known, and it is not clear if he or she will be cited.
The Palmetto Rural Fire Department responded to the scene and later posted a message to social media saying that the school bus driver should be credited with saving the students. The post said the driver, who has not named, was the one who safely removed every child from the bus.
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