Several hurt in school bus crash in Laurens Co., driver cited


LAURENS Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Troopers say several passengers were hurt when a school bus driver ran off the side of a road and hit trees before going down an embankment. 

The accident happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday on Garlington Road near Casper Grant Estates in Mountville. 

South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Sutherland said seven of the 19 passengers on the bus were hurt in the wreck.

The bus driver was not injured when he ran off the side of Garlington Road and hit trees, Sutherland said. The driver later ran off the other side of the road and went down an embankment.

7News crew at the scene said the driver side window is busted and the emergency exit on that side also appeared to have damaged glass.

Laurens County School District 56 Superintendent David C. O’Shields confirmed students were aboard the bus. 

โ€œAt this time, our information is limited. We will release details as soon as they become available,” Oโ€™Shields said.

Sutherland said the bus driver has since been cited for driving too fast for conditions.

The accident is under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

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