First Posted: 1/15/2009
SHANNON - Six high school students and the driver of a Red Springs High School bus were injured this morning when the bus was struck by a car near Shannon.
None of the students' injuries were serious, according to J.F. Hinson with the state Highway Patrol. The driver of the car and a passenger were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, but there was no report available on their conditions.
All of the students were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released. The injured students were Keilah Monroe, Kimberly Carr, Teloria Gordon, Michaela Lowery, Ashley Emanuel and David Jones.
There were nine students on the bus, and the names of the three who were not injured were not available.
According to Thomas Gilchrist, Red Springs High School's assistant principal, some of the injured students received cuts and bruises and chest injuries.
The bus driver, Tara Govan, had turned onto a private driveway at 7:30 a.m. off Lewis Farm Road in between Red Springs and Lumber Bridge, less than a mile from the Hoke County line. She was backing onto the roadway when the bus was struck in the side by a Geo Prism driven by Wahkuna Brewer of Shannon, according to Hinson. Brewer's daughter, Destiny, was also in the vehicle.
The car, which was traveling about 50 mph, struck the bus near the rear tire on the driver's side, Hinson said.
“Right now, it looks like the school bus was at fault for failing to yield the right of way,” said Hinson.
Parents picked up the students who were not injured at the scene.
It was the fourth accident involving a school bus since April 2003. The first two accidents resulted in the deaths of two students. In the most recent accident, which occurred April 27, several students were injured, but none seriously.