Bus carrying students hits curb, goes down embankment into woods in Cary

(Lauren Haviland/CBS North Carolina)


CARY, N.C. (WNCN) — A school bus carrying elementary, middle and high school students ran off the road and down an embankment into the woods in Cary Wednesday morning, Town of Cary official Carrie Roman said.

Authorities responded to the area of N.C. Highway 55 near Highfield Avenue around 7:30 a.m. in reference to a bus that had crashed.

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The bus was heading south on N.C. 55 with Triangle Math and Science Academy students on board when the driver had a medical emergency and hit a curb and went down an embankment in the woods, Roman said.

Between 20 and 25 students were on the bus at the time of the crash.

The driver was transported by emergency crews to WakeMed Apex. The students on the bus were checked out on scene and determined to be uninjured.

Officials said that the older students on the bus helped get the younger students off safely.

Parents were told to come to the scene to pick up their children and the students have since been taken to school.

School officials said the driver had gone to two stops and hadn’t picked up the rest of the students who would normally be on the bus. Testing at the school has been delayed due to the incident and a counselor is on hand if any students involved need to talk about the crash.

School officials said the bus driver has never had any medical issues while driving before and that he appears to be doing OK, but is being kept at the hospital for observation.

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