Multi-vehicle accident closes Cornwallis Rd. in Durham

Durham police said a multiple-vehicle accident shutdown Cornwallis Road Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, a car driven by by Chadwick Edwards, 35, of Durham struck a white sedan that was stopped behind a school bus. After the collision, Edwards continued driving and passed the school bus. 

The school bus had its stop arm out when Edwards passed it and hit a van stopped in front of a daycare center.

Durham police said children were inside the van when it was hit by Edwards’ vehicle.

The impact forced the van into a ditch where it rolled onto the driver’s side. A woman standing outside the van was injured, police said.

Edwards’ vehicle then spun to the path of a Cadillac. The driver of the Cadillac attempted to avoid collision and drove into a ditch.

Edwards’ vehicle then rolled on top of the Cadillac.

A man who said his granddaughter was the in the white sedan that was struck said her vehicle ended up in a ditch.

“Not a good feeling and it shows we’re going to have to do more as far as educating people on how to drive and things to do as far as the school buses and driving careful,” he said.

The man’s granddaughter was taken to the emergency room for treatment but she did not appear to have any serious injuries.

Edwards was taken to the hospital for treatment and he is still hospitalized.

Police said at least two other adults and “some children” were also taken to the hospital for treatment.

Edwards is facing charges of careless and reckless driving, passing a stopped school bus, two counts of injury to property and two counts of hit-and-run involving personal injury.

No other information was released.

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