Semi-Truck Driver To Be Charged Following Accident With Stanly County School Bus

Photos Courtesy NC State Highway Patrol

STANLY COUNTY, N.C. — Officials say the driver of a semi-truck that crashed into the back of a Stanly County school bus Thursday morning will face charges.

Stanly County School District Superintendent Jeff James says bus #80, which services West Stanly High School and West Stanly Middle School, was conducting a routine bus stop on Highway 24/27 when the accident occurred.

Troopers say the bus was stopped to pick up students when a semi-truck crashed into the back of the pickup truck, pushing it out of the way and then crashing into the back of the bus.

Officials say 12 students on board the school bus and its driver were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The driver of the semi will be charged with reckless driving, according to the NCSHP.

The accident is under investigation. Check back for updates.