Injured students released from hospitals, bus driver cited in Charleston school bus crash

A Charleston school bus lies on its side after a wreck this morning. Photo by Andrew Knapp.

Five students injured in a school bus wreck this morning in West Ashley have been released from area hospitals and the bus driver has been cited for failing to yield the right of way, Charleston police said.

The bus landed on its side after it collided with another vehicle at Dulsey and Dupont roads, injuring the students and two drivers, police said. A passenger in the other vehicle told The Post and Courier the crash occurred after the bus went through a Stop sign.

Police have not identified the drivers or the injured students.

The bus was on its way to St. Andrews Middle School when the 8:30 a.m. crash occurred, Charleston County School District spokesman Jason Sakran said.

There were eight students on the bus, according to Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident, the bus driver, and two students were transported to Medical University Hospital. Three other children were transported to St. Francis Hospital, Francis said.

All have non-life threatening injuries, he said.

Contrary to some reports, no one was trapped in the bus, Francis said.

Courtney Deweese, 13, said she was talking to a friend on the bus, which was moving, when a truck broad-sided the bus. It flipped, and she tumbled into the aisle.

She cried, but was okay. Her friend, she said, suffered a bump to her head and was bleeding.

Courtney said the experience was like being in a movie.

A man who was a passenger in the pickup that hit the bus said the bus had gone through a stop sign.

“All I saw was yellow,” he said. He refused to be named.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. Traffic has been routed around the accident, Francis said.

Dupont at Dulsey will be blocked for a while crews try to get the bus upright.

Sakran said school officials rushed to the scene after the wreck and the principal has been in contact with the injured students and their families. The school also worked to notify other parents of the incident, he said.


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