School bus driver involved in 2 crashes in a week


June Douglas, 45, was behind the wheel with 33 kids on board headed for Panther Creek High when she backed into a vehicle.

According to a Morrisville Police Department report, the bus was only going 2 miles-per-hour when it happened.

Police say she was given a safe moving violation - basically on par with improper backing or failure to reduce speed.

Michael Evans with Wake Public Schools says there were extenuating circumstances in that crash.

"She was backing up, inadvertently backed into a car. But our investigation shows she was following procedures when it happened. So, it's just an accident, so in that case we're not going to be punitive toward somebody," said Evans.

As a result, Douglas was allowed to continue driving.

Six days later, she suffered some sort of medical problem in the parking lot of Panther Creek and hit several parked cars.

"Yesterday was a totally unrelated episode, she had a medical episode, and she's still in the hospital," said Evans.

There were no students on board in the second incident, and Wake officials chalk it up to just plain bad luck.

They stress they do review every accident and bus drivers are screened.

Douglas has a clean driving record besides one speeding ticket in 1996. She's been a bus driver for five years.

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