Winston-Salem Police Department officials are investigating a school bus accident that occurred on April 7. The Tuesday accident occurred while students were still on board and on their way home.
The accident occurred just shortly before 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and involved students from the Salem/Forsyth County School system.
On the day of the accident, the school bus, which was operated by John Wane France, turned onto Teresa Avenue. During the turn, the bus collided with a 2001 GMC Jimmy vehicle driven by a Marcene Hairston.
Officials at the scene reported that Mineral Springs Elementary School students were on their way home when the accident occurred.
The students were not injured and the driver of the GMC sustained minor injuries. Neither driver involved in the accident was charged with a criminal or traffic violation. Police, however, are still investigating the cause of the accident to determine why it occurred in the first place.
It is fortunate that no one was seriously injured in this local school bus accident, but that is not always the case. Drivers in North Carolina have an obligation to follow all traffic laws and pay special attention to school crossing zones, school buses and students getting on and off of buses.
School Bus Safety
School bus safety is essential. The majority of students who die on school buses die because drivers fail to yield or follow the proper traffic laws.
Drivers should follow the following school bus safety tips:
- Never pass a school driver on the right
- Stop when students are entering or exiting from a school bus
- Pay attention to the yellow flashing lights
- Respect the 10 feet around a school bus where children are most likely to be walking
Sharing the road with child pedestrians and students riding in a school bus in a safe manner is a collective responsibility.
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