Highway Patrol releases names of bus wreck victims

rlurye@islandpacket.comJune 14, 2014 

The S.C. Highway Patrol on Saturday identified six people injured in a wreck Wednesday when a Palmetto Breeze bus carrying special-needs passengers rolled over while crossing the Chowan Creek Bridge on Sea Island Parkway.

The bus was on its way to the Beaufort County Disabilities and Special Needs day program when the driver, 35-year-old Serena Livingston of Beaufort, swerved to avoid a basket in the road at about 8:15 a.m., according to Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins and Scott Harris of the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District.

The bus rolled over, slid into coming traffic and struck a 2006 Toyota pickup truck driven by Mark Edwards, 41, of Beaufort, Collins said.

Edwards and his passenger, 58-year-old Viola Daise, were injured and taken to Beaufort Memorial. Their conditions were not available Saturday.

A second pickup truck rear-ended the bus. Its driver, 23-year-old Johnnie Moss of Beaufort, was not injured, Collins said.

Livingston and six passengers were treated and released at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, according to Beaufort County Disabilities and Special Needs director Mitzi Wagner.

A seventh passenger had to be extricated and sustained severe trauma to the head, shoulder and arm, according to first responders. That passenger was sent to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, underwent surgery and were in stable condition Wednesday, Wagner said.

Collins said the report indicates there were only four passengers: 42-year-old Richard Daise, 34-year-old Danielle Singleton, 34-year-old Phillip Mitchell and a fourth unidentified occupant.

Each was from St. Helena Island, Collins said.

It was not clear Saturday why Highway Patrol did not have information on the remaining passengers.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, Collins said.

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