Johnston County school bus hit by 18-wheeler

From staff reportsJanuary 15, 2014 

East Coast Towing prepares to tow the tractor-trailer rig that hit a school bus in Johnston County early Wednesday morning.

PAULA SELIGSON — pseligson@newsobserver.com

— Thirteen people were taken to three area hospitals Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer truck rear-ended a school bus on U.S. 70 in Johnston County, officials said.

The incident happened about 7 a.m. near the highway’s intersection with Uzzle Industrial Drive, officials said. The 18-wheeler’s driver, Kenneth Greene II, was hospitalized in critical condition, while 11 students were treated for minor injuries, according to authorities.

The truck collided with the bus as the bus slowed to pick up a student. Twelve students were aboard at the time, according to the Wilson’s Mills Police Department.

Seven students were taken to hospitals by EMS, along with the drivers of both the bus and truck, while other students were hospitalized later. The bus, number 63, was transporting students to Smithfield Middle School.

Officials said students received only minor injuries and the last student was expected to leave the hospital Wednesday afternoon. The injured were taken to WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh and Johnston County Medical Centers in Smithfield and Clayton.

The front of the tractor-trailer truck was caved in by the accident. Don Basinger, owner of D&J Cycle Center on the corner, said the left rear corner of the bus was damaged.

Wilson’s Mills police are still investigating the accident and say they could bring charges against Greene, the truck driver.

Smithefield Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service