No students injured in 2 minor bus wrecks on St. Helena

sbowman@islandpacket.comSeptember 11, 2013 

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Two school buses were involved in separate wrecks while taking students home Wednesday on St. Helena Island, but no students had major injuries and the bus drivers were not at fault, a Beaufort County School District spokesman said.

The bus in the first wreck was preparing to turn left off Seaside Road when a car struck its front left bumper at about 4:40 p.m., causing the car to roll over, Jim Foster said.

The bus driver and two students from the district's alternative-school Gateway Program were aboard the bus. Foster said one student was picked up by a parent and taken home. The other student and the bus driver were taken by ambulance to an area hospital as a precaution, Foster said.

Lee Levesque, Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District spokesman, could not provide details about the driver of the car that rolled over.

The other wreck occurred at about 3:45 p.m. on Lands End Road, Foster said. The bus, with 29 students from Lady's Island Middle School, was coming to a stop when it was rear-ended by a pickup truck.

None of the students or drivers was injured, said Lt. Alfredo Givens of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. He said there was minimal damage to the bus and truck.

Because the bus had to stay on the scene until the completion of the accident report, Foster said, the district sent a second bus to take the children home.

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