NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A crash involving a school bus in North Charleston sent seven people to the hospital Tuesday morning.
According to police, the bus hit a 15-year-old boy who was on the sidewalk, then crashed into the facade of the nearby store shortly before 8 a.m. The bus was turning onto Montague Avenue from Luella Avenue and lost control, North Charleston police spokesman Harvey Jacobs. . said.
The pedestrian who was struck was taken to hospital with injuries, North Charleston Fire Department Deputy Chief Christian Rainey said. North Charleston police spokesman Harvey Jacobs described the injuries as minor.
Charleston County School District officials said eight North Charleston Creative Arts students were on the bus at the time of the crash. Four of these students and the bus driver were taken to hospital.
The 15-year-old who was hit by the bus was one of two high school students waiting to be picked up when the crash happened. The second student was hit by debris and was also taken to hospital, Rainey said.
Rainey said the initial call was sent around 7:45 a.m. and the firefighters who arrived began treating the students on the bus. He said the children on the bus were elementary school students.
“I’m just curious to know more about the kids,” said Neighbor Store owner Mehoul Patel. “I mean, there were children inside the bus and people told me that two children had been injured. I mean, so I don’t know exactly what happened with them. I mean, it’s OK what happened to the store, but I’m just worried about the kids. I hope they are well.
The district said staff and counselors would be made available onsite and at the school to assist students in need.
North Charleston building officials arrived to check for damage to the building and declared it unsafe.
“I hope all is well inside and all is well with the kids,” Patel said. “I’ll talk to the owner and we’ll think about how to rebuild the store, but I mean, I just pray to God the kids are okay.”
The bus was towed off the scene around 1 p.m.
The crash is still under investigation by the North Charleston Police Department.
First Student, who operated the bus, released a brief statement about the accident, which said in part:
We are grateful that no serious injuries have been reported at this time, including to our driver.
We are assisting the local authorities in their investigation into what happened. Our driver has been removed from service as we are also investigating the incident.
As this is an active investigation, we are unable to comment further.
The main entrance to Neighbor Store has since been covered with plywood.
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