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.