Five students injured in bus crash

January 22, 2010 8:02:06 AM PST
Five students were taken to the hospital for minor injuries after their school bus was involved in a wreck Friday morning. No other vehicles were involved.

Bus 283 was carrying about 20 students to South Edgecombe Middle school when it crashed. It happened around 7:20 a.m. on Highway 42 near Conetoe in Edgecombe County.

Edgecombe County Public Schools says the driver of the bus, Michelle Riggs, was substituting for the regular driver. Riggs was not injured.

The NC Highway Patrol and Edgecombe County Public Schools transportation department are investigating.

According to standard procedure, Edgecombe County Public Schools requires an immediate blood alcohol and drug test for the driver, which was conducted at the scene. The ECPS transportation department is evaluating the extent of the damage to the bus, which landed on its side.

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