CARTHAGE, N.C. (WNCN) – A vehicle passed a stopped school bus in Carthage Thursday and hit a girl as she was exiting the bus, sending the girl to the hospital with at least two broken bones.
Around 3:30 p.m., bus 268 had come to a stop with its lights on and stop sign out when the eighth-grade student Taylor Dutton from New Century Middle School got off the bus.
A truck towing a trailer approached the bus from behind and swerved to the right to avoid the bus. The truck then hit the bus and the student.
Dutton suffered a broken leg and broken breast bone, the family said. The hospital said early Thursday evening she was in “good condition.”
The driver was released but charges could be filed. The driver came up from behind and wasn’t paying attention and had to either rear-end the bus or swerve to the right to avoid it. When he swerved to the right of the bus he hit Dutton.
Dutton was thrown approximately 25 feet from the front of the bus, the Aberdeen Times reported. The 14-year-old student was found on the ground when emergency responders reached the scene.
The incident occurred in the 3200 block of U.S. Highway 15-501 in front of Dutton’s Small Engine.
Dutton was responsive at the scene and taken to Moore County Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.