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Tractor-trailer collides with school bus in Columbus Co., several taken to the hospital

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jan 07 2020 11:03 AM

COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A tractor-trailer driver allegedly was reaching down to pick up a cigarette just before colliding with a school bus in Columbus County Tuesday morning, according to Chief Steve Camlin with Acme-Delco Reigelwood Fire Department.

A Head Start school bus had stopped in the westbound lanes on U.S. 74/76 to pick up a student at the time of the collision.

Camlin said that the tractor-trailer driver swerved but still hit the school bus. The bus rolled over three times, according to Camlin.

Two adults and eight children were on the bus from Ransom Head Start Center in Riegelwood at the time of the collision. According to school officials, all 10 were taken to the hospital.

The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.

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