19 children hurt as Edgecombe school bus rolls over; driver charged

Authorities said one student from Edgecombe County’s Carver Elementary School was seriously hurt, and 18 were taken to two hospitals for treatment after a school bus with 20 children aboard ran off Stallings Road and rolled over in a field on the last day of school before the holiday break.

State Highway Patrol troopers charged the bus driver, Julianne Bridgers, 40, of Pinetops with reckless driving, according to patrol spokesman C.E. Summerlin.

The crash happened at 7:10 a.m. near Edgewood Church Road. Troopers determined that the bus, No. 357, was going west toward U.S. 258 when it went off the right side of the road and Bridgers overcorrected.

The bus then went across the center line of the road and turned over in the field, they said.

Summerlin said the one child who was most hurt did not have life-threatening injuries. Six students went to Vidant Medical in Tarboro, Summerlin said. The others were taken to Vidant Medical in Greenville.

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