Two Myers Park HS students struck, injured while getting on school bus

Mike Rode | WBTV
Mike Rode | WBTV

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two female students were injured after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street to get on a school bus in south Charlotte Thursday morning.

According to a spokesperson with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Scaleybark Road across from the Arbor Village Apartments, which is a school bus stop location.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the school bus was stopped and was picking up students. Officers say the female students were crossing the street when the driver of a pickup truck failed to stop and hit them.

Police say both girls were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Alex Maxwell is a student at Myers Park High School. He says right after he got on the school bus the accident happened.

"As soon as we turned around, a car comes from over here and hits the pole," he said.

Maxwell says he saw the pickup truck hit the girls. He saw one roll on the ground and says the truck rolled over the girl's leg.  Maxwell says one girl suffered a broken leg. Police say the driver did stay after the impact.

"When the guy got out, he act like he didn't know what happened," the student said.

Maxwell realizes this accident could have involved him.

"It's traumatizing," Maxwell said. "Because literally not one minute before that happened - I was walking across the street and thank God I wasn't in that situation."

CMS officials say the bus was taking students to Myers Park High School. The rest of the students who were on board the bus were taken to school, according to school officials.

Guidance and counseling support will be made available for students following the incident, school officials say.

Police say the bus had its stop arm out and the flashing lights were on.

"It was dark so you had to be able to see the bus signals," Neighbor Morris Gordon said. "How could you miss that. It was inexcusable in my opinion."

The pickup truck driver will be cited for failing to stop for a stopped school bus, police say.

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