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School bus drivers suspended with pay after 9 injured in wreck

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The drivers of two Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) buses were suspended with pay after nine people were taken to the hospital following a wreck in west Charlotte.

The accident happened Tuesday around 5 p.m. on Moores Chapel Road and involved two buses from Whitewater Middle School.

According to CMS officials, the wreck involved bus number 1958, which was carrying 43 students, and bus number 1853, carrying 62 students.

All nine who were taken to the hospital suffered minor injuries, and are expected to be okay.

CMS sent a letter out to parents notifying them of the situation. It stated, "Good evening Parents, this is Principal Williams with an important message. Bus numbers 1958 and 1853 were involved in a minor accident this afternoon. Nine students were transported as a precaution. I have contacted those families. Substitute buses are on the way to the scene and students will be transported home with some delays. Thank you and have a good evening."

Wednesday, school officials confirmed to WBTV that both drivers involved were suspended with pay while the crash is under investigation.

The driver of bus 1958 has been driving for 13 years, and the driver of bus 1853 for four years.

Officials have not said what may have led to the crash, or if any charges are being filed.

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