Woman Killed in Church Bus Accident on I-77 in Charlotte, North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, NC. – According to an online news story reported by cbs17.com, a woman was killed in a church bus accident that happened on Interstate 77 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Several other passengers on the bus were also injured when the bus struck a wall and caught on fire, according to the news report.*
The driver of the church bus is facing criminal charges because of the accident, which took place in the afternoon on I-77 South. The driver was reportedly transporting members of the Victory Christian Center of Charlotte and tried to change lanes to exit onto W. John Belk. In attempting to move into the exit lane, the driver of the bus lost control.
The bus then crashed into a wall on the side of the interstate, and the bus engine caught on fire. It is unclear why the driver lost control during the exit attempt. North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still trying to determine the facts of the accident.
The CBS 17 news report does not say how many people were riding on the bus at the time of the crash. CBS 17 reports that one of the bus passengers, an 87-year-old member of the church, was killed in the accident, and four other people were taken to hospitals for treatment of injuries. One of the injured persons is in critical condition, according to the news report.
CBS 17 states that the driver of the church bus is facing charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Troopers are in the process of investigating the wreck and have not released further information about the cause of the accident.
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