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Bus driver cited in accident

Published 8:36pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013

PINETOWN — A Beaufort County Schools bus driver, after being involved in a wreck Tuesday morning, was cited for making an unsafe movement.
With the exception of the driver, bus 176 was empty at the time it collided with a Chevrolet Cavalier at the intersection of North Boyd and White Post roads. The incident happened at 7 a.m.
N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Laura Peele headed the investigation.
“The bus driver just pulled out in front of the vehicle,” she said.
The Chevrolet’s driver, who suffered minor injuries, was taken to Vidant Beaufort Hospital for treatment, Peele said.
Sarah Hodges, Beaufort County Schools, spokeswoman, said the bus was used for a Bath Elementary School route. The bus driver was not injured, and there was little damage to the bus.
The driver completed the route after the wreck.
After any accident involving a BCS bus driver, the driver is tested for drugs and alcohol. Hodges would not speak to any actions involving the driver or the results of the test.
“That’s protected information under personnel statutes,” she said.
Hodges declined to name the bus driver.
Pinetown Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and directed traffic until the wreck was cleared.

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