Chesterfield County, SC – At least eight students were taken to a hospital after a Chesterfield County school bus was involved in a crash Friday afternoon east of Jefferson, according to school officials.
A New Heights school bus was reported to have been involved in a collision just before 4pm on McCaskill Road near Angelus Road.
It was carrying 24 students from Jefferson and New Heights elementary schools at the time of the crash, according to school officials.
Nine students, ages 8 to 12, were taken to Atrium Health Union, most with minor injuries, hospital officials told Channel 9. Some students may have more serious injuries.
UPDATE: Chesterfield County Schools say the bus was carrying students from New Heights Middle School and Jefferson Elementary School. There were 24 children on board and 8 were injured. Watch WSOC-TV at 5 and 6 pm for more details. @wsoctv
— Tina Terry (@TinaTerryWSOC9) August 19, 2022
“We were told the bus wrecked,” said parent Ashley Cobb. “They didn’t tell us that it turned. And then when I get down here, it’s turned on its side.”
“All I remember was just hearing a boom and then the bus going down,” said Kylee Hatchell, a sixth-grader at New Heights Middle School. “And everybody falls into the windows and falls all over the place.”
“I asked Kylee, ‘Was he speeding?’ Was he going fast?'” Cobb said. “She said, ‘No.’ (The bus driver) was going slow, but when he rounded the curb, the road was so slippery that the bus just skidded and spun.
Kylee is doing well after the accident.
“I feel a lot better now than I did before,” Kylee said. “I was very stressed before, how am I going to get home?”
Cobb said she is frustrated because she found out about the wreck when her daughter called from the bus.
Cobb said he finally received an email two hours later.
“That’s what bothers me,” Cobb said. “They should have automatically contacted us. There are students on the bus that their parents probably didn’t know.”
Meanwhile, the mother and daughter praised the bus driver, who did his best to get the students off the bus safely.
Kylee also stepped in to help.
“I just knew everyone else was upset and I knew I was one of the older people,” Kylee said. “I’m in New Heights, and a lot of the kids are in elementary school and younger. I just wanted to help as much as I could.”
Channel 9 reached out to the district spokesperson to ask about Cobb’s concerns about how long it took to notify her.
We haven’t heard back.
This is a developing story. check wsoctv.com for updates.
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