Cabarrus County school bus overturns, injuring 36
A Cabarrus County school bus carrying fifth graders and their teachers overturned this morning on I-77, injuring 36 people. The school's principal says the driver was trying to shoo a bee when she crashed the bus. No injuries are life-threatening.
Emergency officials say 33 students and three teachers were injured when the bus hit a highway sign and veered onto the grassy shoulder of the road. They say most of the injuries were minor. Eleven were more serious injuries such as broken bones, cuts and possible concussions.
The bus was carrying 58 students and adults from Cox Mill Elementary School. The school's principal Phil Hull says he spent the afternoon at the hospital checking in on students and staff. "I was going in to see them one at a time and the students were going, 'Hey Mr. Hull, I'm okay or my arm hurts or my head hurts.' Mostly just abrasions, bumps and bruises. We had a few broken bones. But all things considered we were just very fortunate," says Hull.
Hull says the bus driver told him she was trying to open a window to shoo out a bee when she lost control of the bus. The accident occurred on I-77 near the Brookshire Freeway.