Tree spears school bus

  • Thursday, August 30, 2012

A school bus sits on the side of the road after being pierced by a tree being carried on a tractor trailer.

A tree from a logging truck punched through a 28-passenger school bus Wednesday morning, sending two adults and three children to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident occurred about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to Capt. Jon Rogers of the Summerville Police Department. According to Rogers, the accident occurred at Central Avenue and Parsons Road in the Knightsville area of Summerville. The bus, driven by 20-year-old Dorothy Chiasson of Ladson, was traveling north on Central Avenue with three Dorchester School District 2 Head Start students and an adult assistant when a tractor-trailer, driven by 69-year-old James Roberts of Walterboro turned west from Central Avenue onto Parsons Road. While the truck was turning, a tree from a load of cut trees it was carrying penetrated the side of the bus, passing completely through it. Everyone on the bus was transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, where they were treated and released, according to SPDF and DD2 officials.
Head Start, a program for pre-kindergarten age students, is coordinated by Berkeley County School District. The bus was actually a BCSD bus that was transporting DD2 students, according to DD2 officials.
DD2 and SPD officials acknowledged that, frightening as the situation was, it could have been much worse.
“All things considered, it was a happy ending compared to what it could have been,” DD2 PIO Pat Raynor said.
The Summerville Police Department’s investigation showed that the truck driver Roberts, was at fault and he has been charged with making an improper turn, Rogers said.

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