School bus crash on US 264

Published 12:50 pm Monday, December 14, 2015

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received calls at about 6:30 a.m. Monday regarding a school bus crash on U.S. Highway 264 East.

According to reports, school bus 282’s driver lost control of the bus and plowed through the home of Casey Coltrain, at the 8600 block of U.S. 264, as she was sleeping. The bus transports students to the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience in Jamesville.

Sarah Hodges, public information officer at Beaufort County Schools, said there were no students on board during the crash.

Hodges said there are a few buses on reserve in case another needs maintenance repair, so the school system will do whatever is necessary to make sure bus 282’s route is covered.

She said she could not comment on the consequences the driver may potentially face. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the state Highway Patrol Office in Washington, a press release stated.

“Everything is pending the outcome of the investigation. We’re just very thankful that no students were on board,” Hodges said. “It was just the driver, and fortunately, no one was transported (to the hospital).”