A crash involving a Wake County school bus and an SUV on Wednesday morning sent 12 children and two adults to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
The wreck brought multiple emergency medical service units to Ponderosa Service Road off Capital Boulevard just outside of Raleigh shortly after 7 a.m.
The bus was going to North Forest Pines Elementary School on Forest Pines Road, said Lisa Luten, a Wake County Schools spokeswoman. An initial report said 38 children were believed to be on the bus, but a tally later showed there were 34, Luten said.
Luten said 12 students were taken to hospitals for treatment or to be checked for injuries. One child who was unhurt went to the hospital with a sibling, she said.
Sgt. Michael Baker, a spokesman for the N.C. Highway Patrol, said the bus driver and the SUV driver were transported by EMS ambulances.
Students were taken to WakeMed Pediatrics and WakeMed North hospitals.
Luten said an initial report indicated the car had run a stop sign, but that had not been confirmed by troopers.
Because of the number of people involved, Wake County EMS officials called for a second alarm. That immediately sends six ambulances, three district chiefs, two advanced-practice paramedics and the EMS service’s major operations support unit to a scene, Assistant Chief Jeffrey Hammerstein said.
The highway patrol is investigating the accident. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office had several deputies on the scene as well.
It’s unclear if either driver will face charges.