Multiple students hurt in Stanly County school bus crash

Multiple students hurt in Stanly County school bus crash
At least 12 students were taken to the hospital after a Stanly County Schools bus was struck by a tractor-trailer Thursday morning. (Source: Anne Marie Hagerty | WBTV)

STANLY COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - At least 12 students were taken to the hospital after a Stanly County Schools bus, carrying 25 students, was struck by a tractor-trailer Thursday morning.

According to Stanly County Schools, West Stanly High School/West Stanly Middle School bus #80 was involved in a crash on Highway 24/27 while making a routine bus stop near Converse Road.

Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and crashed into a pick-up truck before striking the stopped school bus.

Four students were taken to the hospital by an ambulance and eight other students were brought to the hospital by a parent or guardian, troopers say. Three students have since been discharged.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.

One father he saw a kid with a neck brace on and another put on a stretcher. He said the bus was almost entirely full and at least one kid has a bad back injury.

Stanly County Schools says they are continuing to monitor the situation.

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