Five injured when truck strikes rear of school bus

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 08:27 PM

A pair of brothers are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after colliding with a Lee County School bus early Thursday morning.

Southern Lee High School student Brian Warren, 17, was airlifted to UNC Hospital after the truck he was driving slammed into the back of a J.R. Ingram Elementary School bus, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Spokesperson for Troop D Greg Ingram. Warren’s younger brother River, 7, a J.R. Ingram student, was in the passenger seat when the vehicle collided with the bus on Wicker Street near Carbonton Road. River Warren was also taken to UNC Hospitals and as of late Thursday afternoon, both brothers were listed in stable condition.

The bus — bus 191 from J.R. Ingram Elementary School — was reportedly stopped with its lights flashing and stop arm deployed as it was picking up a student. More than 30 students were on the bus at the time of the collision, and three students were taken to Central Carolina Hospital with injuries that the Highway Patrol said appeared to be minor.

Lee County Schools Superintendent Jeff Moss said he arrived on the scene shortly after the accident to assess the situation.

“Obviously our heart goes out to the student driver who was driving the vehicle that ran into the back of the bus, but we are very thankful there were no serious injuries on our bus,” Moss said.

The school staff members were on hand at the hospitals before the students arrived, and counselors were sent to J.R. Ingram to help any student who needed counseling throughout the day, he said.

“I think we responded greatly,” Moss said. “It’s something that we follow for every crisis situation that truly benefits the students.”

Trooper Ingram said Brian Warren was pinned into the vehicle for a short period of time, and the conditions surrounding the cause of the collision are unknown.

Moss said he was thankful for the quick response from local emergency workers.

“I want to commend our emergency service personnel,” he said. “They did an outstanding job assessing the situation and ensuring the safety of our kids. They should be commended.”

Will Doran contributed to this report.