Car crashes into school bus near Beck Academy, driver cited

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GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A school bus carrying 60 kids to Beck Academy was rear-ended by a car on Woodruff Road.

The crash happened before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Greenville police said there were no initial reports of children injured following the crash, but said one person involved in the crash was trapped in their vehicle.

According to the police department’s Facebook post, the person entrapped was freed and taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Mazda Miata that crashed into the truck, a 62-year-old man from Greenville, received only minor injuries following the crash.

He was cited by police for following too closely.

Greenville County Schools officials said the bus was at a regular bus stop with lights and signage deployed.

“One student complained of shoulder pain and was released to parents on scene. At this time it does not appear that any other students or staff sustained injuries. Beck students who were on board the bus are at school and are being given a chance to decompress from the incident and see a school nurse or counselor. School staff is assessing whether students are mentally able to continue with the school day after witnessing a traumatic incident. They will work directly with parents,” Beth Brotherton, director of communications with Greenville County Schools said.

“We would continue to remind drivers that between the hours of 6-9 am there are hundreds of school buses on the road across Greenville County,” Brotherton said. “Many of them making stops along major roadways in an effort to keep students from having to cross multiple lanes of traffic as walkers. Please be aware in school zones and of the buses and stopping along your commute. There are children on board.”

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