Union Co.School Bus Driver Involved In 2 Wrecks Thurs. - WSPA.com

Union Co.School Bus Driver Involved In 2 Wrecks Thurs.

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A Union County School District bus driver has been cited after two wrecks in one day. A Union County School District bus driver has been cited after two wrecks in one day.
UNION, S.C. - A Union County School District bus driver has been cited after two wrecks in one day.

Corporal Bill Rhyne of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the wreck happened at 4:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Highway 215 at East Industrial Park Road, near Union.

According to Rhyne, the driver of the bus, 61-year-old Ronald Holden, of Union, was driving the 1988 bus north on Highway 215 when he ran into the back of a car that had slowed down due to traffic. Rhyne said that Holden was cited for driving too fast for condition.

It was the same charge that he received Thursday morning after being involved in a wreck on Whitlock Lake Road that left six students injured and several more that had to be transported to the hospital.

Holden was wearing a seatbelt and not injured. The driver of the car, 50-year-old Bobbie Butts, of Union, was also wearing a seatbelt and not injured.

7 On Your Side reached out to the bus driver Friday, who said he was "Just having a bad day" Thursday.

7 On Your Side has reached out to Union County School District officials but no one wanted to g.o on camera. Officials said they would be issuing a statement and then told 7 On Your Side to email questions to Director of Personnel Jeff Stribble.

Stribble said the bus driver was drug tested after both accidents and that he would not be driving a bus until the conclusion of the investigation. He said he cannot discuss issues pertaining to personnel.

Parents are still demanding answers and to know why the bus driver was allowed back behind the wheel after he crashed early Thursday. 

Mother Kristy Cash said her said her daughter has a minor concussion and doesn't want to get back on the bus. Another mother, Traci Rogers told us her daughter had to stay home from school because of her injuries. 

Stay tuned to 7 On Your Side and WSPA.com for the latest on this developing story.
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