One woman is dead and a man is in critical condition at WakeMed hospital after a bus swerved off Interstate 95 in Johnston County early Sunday.
Enid Ortiz, 54, of Palm Bay, Fl., died after her husband drove a car she was riding in into a tree while trying to avoid an oncoming bus that had crossed into their lane, according to the State Highway Patrol.
The bus was traveling south on I-95 when it hit the right guardrail, then swerved left into ongoing traffic in the northbound lane, authorities said in a statement. The bus driver, 23-year-old Eric Jimmerson, was ejected when the bus came to rest and was taken to WakeMed, according to the statement.
Ortiz’s husband and two grandchildren, who were also passengers in the car, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
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Prosecutors were exploring charges in the case Sunday.