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Bus carrying Army Reserve soldiers overturns in Mooresville

Posted on: 3:58 pm, August 23, 2013, by and , updated on: 10:28pm, August 23, 2013

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Officials said one person is in serious condition and multiple others injured after a bus carrying 45 U.S. Army Reserve soldiers overturned in Mooresville.

Authorities said the crash was reported just before 3 p.m. Friday at Alexander Acres Road and Highway 150.

State officials said the bus slowed for turning traffic, slid to the right and ran off the road near the intersection of Oak Meadow Road. It was the only vehicle involved in the wreck.

Officials said one person was airlifted with serious, non-life threatening injuries to Carolina Medical Center.

The rest of the victims were hospitalized with minor injuries. Sixteen were taken to Carolina Medical Center, at least seven to Lake Norman Regional Hospital and four to Iredell Memorial Hospital. Officials said the bus driver is unharmed.

The bus is from Holiday Tours based out of Randleman and was leaving Charlotte Douglas airport headed to Salisbury.

The victims were Army Reserve members and are from the 991st Transportation Company based in Salisbury.

Highway Patrol officials said the bus driver, 42-year-old Christopher Scott Reed of Randleman, will be charged with failure to maintain lane control.

Holiday Driver Supervisor Aaron Hawks said the driver, Reed, has been driving with the company for a little over two years.

“They all know the procedures and go through extensive training we even have a safety training director; it’s our top priority,” Hawks said.

In June, Holiday Tours was involved in a crash with a motorcyclist on I-40 in Greensboro. In that case, the bus driver was not at fault and the motorcyclist was charged with DWI.

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