Church Bus Crashes in Charlotte, North Carolina; One Person Tragically Killed
CHARLOTTE, NC. – According to a news report published online at charlotteobserver.com, a church bus crashed on an interstate in Charlotte, North Carolina. The accident caused the death of one passenger and resulted in injuries to several other people. The Charlotte Observer reports that the driver of the bus has been charged.*
The accident occurred in the afternoon on Interstate 77 in Charlotte. North Carolina State Highway Patrol and The Charlotte Observer report that a bus from the Victory Christian Center was traveling south on I-77, when the bus driver somehow lost control while trying to change lanes. The bus ended up crashing into a wall on the interstate, after which a fire broke out.
Photos taken from the scene and posted to The Charlotte Observer website show a large cloud of smoke covering the interstate with traffic backed up in the southbound lanes. At the time of the news report’s publishing, investigators had not released specifics on what caused the bus driver to lose control and crash.
The Charlotte Observer reports that an 87-year-old woman who had been riding the bus was trapped in the vehicle and died. She was a member of the church, according to the report. In addition, The Charlotte Observer states that four other people who were on board the bus were injured in the wreck. Their current conditions are not known.
North Carolina State Highway Patrol confirms that the male driver of the bus has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle in connection with the wreck. Investigation is ongoing.
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