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School bus crash sends 10 to hospital

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By Sam Hickman

A crash involving a Brunswick County Schools bus Monday afternoon, May 19, sent 10 people to the hospital, including one with life-threatening injuries.

The bus was taking students home from South Brunswick middle and high schools before the crash took place about 4 p.m. on N.C. 211 near Midway Road, between Boiling Spring Lakes and Oak Island.

The bus collided with a blue Subaru SUV. The driver of the SUV was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington with potentially life-threatening injuries, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Brian Watts said. The crash occurred within the corporate limits of Oak Island, Watts said.

Eight students and the bus driver were taken to local hospitals, but the injuries aren’t considered serious.

The bus driver was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and eight students were taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport.

Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden was at the crash scene.

“According to EMS officials, the students and driver do not appear to have serious injuries,” Pruden said.

The students and driver were taken to the hospital as a “precaution,” he said. The remaining students on the bus were taken back to South Brunswick High School, where their parents were instructed to pick them up.

The crash is under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Oak Island Police Department.

 

Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.