One killed in collision with school bus

January 5, 2009 8:19:39 PM PST
The Cary Police Department is investigating a fatal collision involving a school bus.

The crash happened at the intersection of Morrisville Carpenter and Good Hope Church Roads around 9 a.m. Monday.

The school bus driver had just dropped off a bus-load of kids at Cedar Fork Elementary, when police say a grey Ford Taurus ran a stop sign at the intersection causing the driver to swerve, overcorrect and slam into an oncoming Jeep.

"When I heard the impact I looked out the window and I saw the Jeep going down the embankment," witness Greg Hatcher said.

The bus was traveling westbound on Morrisville Carpenter Road as the Jeep was traveling eastbound. According to an eyewitness, a third vehicle ran the stop sign at Good Hope Church Road.

The driver of a Jeep Cherokee, 25-year-old Lincoln Ross Woods, was killed. He worked as an air traffic controller at RDU and had also been an air traffic controller for the military.

"By that time a gentleman had already stopped and was at the vehicle and was feeling the guys pulse at his neck and he had no pulse at all," Hatcher said.

"My initial thought was I wondered if someone had been killed, because the side of the Jeep that had the impact was facing the house and you could tell there was a severe impact," neighbor Hilda Carpenter said.

Police are now looking for a four-door grey Ford Taurus, which witnesses say was the third vehicle.

Investigators are asking anyone with info on the accident to call Cary Police. If the driver of the Taurus is located, Cary Police will work with the Wake County District Attorney's office to determine what, if any, charges will be filed against that driver.


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