All Victims of School Bus Crash in Columbus County, South Carolina Now Released from Hospital
COLUMBUS COUNTY, SC- Wect.comwrites that the last three hospitalized victims of a school bus crash have now returned home. The incident occurred earlier this week when a semi struck the bus, which was carrying four and five-year-old children. The force of the impact caused the bus to overturn three times.*
The incident took place on Highway 74-76 in Columbus County in the morning. There were eight students on board and two adults, all of whom were on their way to the Ransom Head Start Center. The bus was stopped while picking a child up when a truck hit the rear of the vehicle. Another truck then also hit the bus causing significant damage.
The school is currently closed and is working to support the families and provide trauma counselors to those in need.
None of the victims died in the incident, which many have stated seems to have been a miracle. According to the fire chief, the reason everyone survived likely has to do with the five-point harnesses that the students were all buckled into on the bus. The school requires its buses to have such harnesses, and without them, it is likely that some of the children would have been ejected in the accident. The results could clearly have been tragic.
The trucker involved in the crash is facing charges for failing to reduce his speed. Police say that additional charges are pending. The man stated that he reached down to grab a cigarette and failed to see the bus. Neither of the truck drivers suffered injuries in the wreck.
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Sources:https://www.wect.com/2020/01/09/all-victims-columbus-county-bus-wreck-released-hospital/ and https://fox6now.com/2020/01/07/10-hospitalized-after-driver-of-semi-tractor-trailer-plowed-into-school-bus-charges-pending/