School bus wreck in North Augusta

Pupils suffer minor injuries, but driver trapped

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 8:25 AM
Last updated 4:57 PM
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NORTH AUGUSTA -- Authorities are blaming a school bus driver’s purse slipping behind a brake pedal with causing a Friday morning wreck.
The bus driver was trapped and some pupils suffered minor injuries about 8 a.m. when the bus plowed into a tree in front of a home on the 100 block of River Wind Drive, located in Savannah Barony subdivision off West Martintown Road.
Nine pupils were on the bus headed toward Paul Knox Middle School and North Augusta High School, officials at the scene said. Three were taken to the hospital to be checked out.
According to a statement from North Augusta Public Safety’s investigation, the driver Vickie Adams, 64, of North Augusta was at fault.  She will be charged with driving too fast for conditions upon her release from the hospital, a police statement said.
The accident disrupted a quiet Friday morning in the subdivision.
“It’s disturbing to get that call first thing in the morning,” said Karen Key, who had arrived at the scene to pick up her 16-year-old daughter.
Key’s son, 13, who was also on board during the incident, notified her as he was being transported to the hospital with injuries to his leg.
The driver, identified as Vickie Adams, of North Augusta, was transported to a hospital after being extricated from the bus.
A North Augusta Public Safety officer also received medical attention after being overcome with heat while working near the bus’ engine.
North Augusta authorities won’t speculate on the cause of the accident, but children on board said the bus brakes seemed to fail while coming down the hill.
Tom Jenkins picked up his broken mailbox from his drive and looked at the wreckage just outside his front door.
“My yard isn’t a concern,” Jenkins said. “I’m just glad no one was hurt.”
Jenkins was already at work when a neighbor called and told him to come home.
“At first they told me (the bus) was in my house,” he said.

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North Augusta school bus wreck this morning.  Sara Caldwell/ Staff
Sara Caldwell/ Staff
North Augusta school bus wreck this morning.
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allhans
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allhans 08/19/11 - 09:13 am
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Oh my. I sure hope the

Oh my. I sure hope the students are okay.
A tree, a lawn, a bus..?

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bdouglas 08/19/11 - 09:29 am
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If the brakes were working or

If the brakes were working or applied at all I would think that yard would be pretty torn up. As the blurry-cam shots look, though, there's nary a mark in the yard. No marks from the back end dragging the ground, either, as it would've had to do to end up in that position if it were sliding. Must've been going at a pretty good clip to hit the tree, bring the back end up off the ground and swing around like that. Gonna be some sore folks tomorrow.

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Iwannakno 08/19/11 - 09:44 am
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Thank goodness everyone is
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Thank goodness everyone is ok!!

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 08/19/11 - 12:58 pm
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Arm chair accident
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Arm chair accident investigators. Look at the video and you can see grass torn up as the bus is traveling sideways. Look at the rear wheels.

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bdouglas 08/19/11 - 02:07 pm
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@nothin2show4it: At the time

@nothin2show4it: At the time of my original post, there were two crappy cell phone pictures and no video. No need to be smart about it.

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Cadence 08/19/11 - 05:33 pm
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The tree is still standing.

The tree is still standing. That amazes me.

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dougk 08/19/11 - 06:14 pm
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My most memorable moment in
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My most memorable moment in driver's education (over 35 years ago) is when the teacher instructed us that if we had the choice of running into a brick wall or a tree, it is best to run into the brick wall.

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