School Bus

Most school years across North Carolina are well underway, and that means giant yellow school buses are out on the roads each morning and afternoon. But just as universal as the first day of school is a near-constant bus driver shortage in districts across the state. 


Along with “The dog ate my homework,” teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools may hear a new excuse from students this year: “My parents didn’t hear the bus coming.”

CMS school bus crashed into a condominium building off Statesville Ave. Thursday.
Photo courtesy of WSOC-TV

The driver of a CMS school bus that crashed into a condominium Thursday morning in north Charlotte has been cited by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. CMS says there were 15 students on the bus at the time, but only minor injuries were reported.


Bus 188 was leaving a CMS bus lot on Tuesday to pick up its daily load of students and deliver them home, when the driver smelled smoke.

The bus, an FS-26 Freightliner built in 2001 by Thomas Built Buses, had just been inspected in October, with nothing found amiss.

Children are among the 15 injured in a crash that involved a school bus in rush hour traffic Wednesday morning on East Independence near Hawthorne Lane.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says bus 1654 was bound for Collinswood Elementary School with 14 children onboard when it was involved in the collision at 8:45 a.m.

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC and one of North Carolina's loudest opponents of House Bill 2, is leaving his organization later this month.