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Multiple injured in Iredell Co. school bus crash

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, EMS, fire and some school officials are on the scene.
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 8:44 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 11:05 AM EDT
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IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – Crews have been called to a crash involving a school bus Friday morning in Iredell County.

According to details from North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 8:05 a.m. at Houpe Road and Shumaker Driver.

Troopers say a 2006 Mazda Tribute driven by Jonathan Davis was heading south on Shumaker Drive. An Iredell-Statesville Schools bus was heading north and slowing down to turn right onto Houpe Road when the Mazda crossed the center line and sideswiped the bus. The front wheel of the Mazda became detached during the incident.

According to the school district, the bus was hauling East Iredell Middle School students at the time of the crash in Statesville.

“Several individuals were transported to Iredell Memorial Hospital with minor injuries,” a message from the district stated. “At this time, the students from bus 255 are with Principal Kathy Walker, waiting for another bus to pick them up and transport them to school.”

The bus was carrying 26 students at the time and two adults were on board. The driver of the Mazda, the school bus driver, identified as Latoya Stewart, and nine students were taken to an area hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

Troopers don’t yet know why the Mazda crossed the center line. Davis was charged with driving left of center.

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