Driver at fault in school bus accident

December 8, 2009 3:45:58 PM PST
Troopers say a school bus driver was at fault in a Friday accident that left a firefighter critically injured.

Lt. Harry "Flip" Kissinger was in a pickup truck that was hit by a bus driven by Sheila Saroya Hall, 52, of Garner, at US Hwy 401 and Ligon Mill Road around 6:30 a.m.

Now, investigators say Hall crossed the center line before the crash. Hall's bus was headed eastbound when it collided with a westbound car first. The bus then hit Kissinger's truck head-on.

There were seven students on board bus number 956 headed to Southeast Raleigh High School and Centennial Campus. None of the students were injured.

Kissinger had just left work and was on his way to take his children to school. He remains in critical condition at WakeMed.

His family has created a Facebook page where people can leave prayers and messages for him.

The Highway Patrol says it will monitor Kissinger's recovery before making a decision about any charges in the accident.

"We have completed our investigation. We're now conferrring with the district attorney here in Wake County to come up with appropriate charges in this case," said Jeff Gordon with the NC Highway Patrol.

Wake Public Schools said Hall has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

"We want to allow her to have her day in court and let the facts speak for themselves from a legal point of view. So when we do that we suspend them with pay," explained Michael Evans with Wake County Public Schools.

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