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School Bus Overturns in Burke County, Multiple Injuries Reported [UPDATED 11:15 a.m.]

On Tuesday, April 9, at approximately 7:25 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a collision involving a Burke County school bus. The accident occurred in Burke County on Johnson Bridge Road near Old N.C. 10. The driver was traveling west on Johnson Bridge Road, lost control, ran off the right side of the road, over-corrected, hit a ditch, and overturned. The bus came to rest on its top in the road and a cow pasture.

There were nine children and two adults on the bus at the time of the collision. All the children were taken to various hospitals in the area with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. One adult on the bus (a bus monitor) was partially entrapped in the bus. It took responders approximately 15 minutes to free her. She was transported by medical helicopter to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte in serious condition.

The driver of the bus was cited for failure to maintain lane control. The bus operates as handicapped transportation and services multiple schools in the Burke County District, including students from East Burke, Draughn, and Hallyburton high schools.

A conflicting report states that one student was not injured and was released to a guardian at the scene. The names of those involved have not been released.