COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The two elementary students who were on a bus that was hit by a van Friday morning returned to class after being evaluated at the hospital, according to Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hager.
Trooper Phillip Tubbs with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the school bus was stopped on Highway 701 Business, north of Whiteville to pick up children around 8:30 a.m. when a van slammed into its rear.
The driver of the van was pinned in for about 30 minutes and had to be cut out of the vehicle. She was taken to the hospital in Whiteville, then airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Tubbs said. He was unable to advise the van driver's condition Friday afternoon.
Hager said the bus was running late because the regular driver was not able to report to work, causing the system to call in a substitute. The bus driver was also uninjured, according to Hager.
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