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Yadkin Co. school bus overturns, 11 injured

YADKIN COUNTY — The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating a bus accident that sent eleven people to the hospital Tuesday morning, including the bus driver.

“It was coming on a slight downhill through a curve and went off the road on the opposite side and overturned,” explained Supt. Todd Martin. “Twenty-one Forbush Middle and High school students were on this bus.”

13-year-old Austin Williams was one of those students.

“I started feeling the road get kind of rough when we hit that embankment, and that’s when the bus driver told us to hold on and that’s when we turned over,” Austin said.

Austin managed to keep his phone in his hand. “As soon as it happened, I knew to call 911 to get the ambulance there because the bus driver — her hand was cut up pretty bad and some other kid had a wound in his head,” he said.

Bus driver Gail Cline’s daughter says her mother did have to get stiches in her hand and was released from the hospital around lunchtime. Cline was also worried about how her students were doing.

The school system says Cline has been driving for Yadkin County Schools for 29 years.

Highway Patrol has not released a cause of the accident or said if there was anything wrong with the bus before the accident happened.

This afternoon, the school system reported most of the ten students who were transported to the hospital had been treated and released from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Yadkin Valley Community Hospital.

“When you get word that everybody’s going to be okay there’s just a sense of relief,” Martin said. “We’re very grateful this morning that injuries weren’t worse than they were. We’re very thankful to all the emergency personnel and school administration that responded so quickly.”

“I know God was with us and protected us,” added Austin.

His father Randy Williams agreed. “I’m thankful for everybody keeping their cool, no fatalities, the Lord being with everyone. Maybe something positive can come out of this.”

He said he’d like to see more school buses have seat belts.

12 comments

  • Annie

    I go to Forbush High and personally know the driver. She is not an idiot and would never intentionally hurt them. Instead of blaming the driver pray for the people who are still in the hospital.

  • Annie

    I go to Forbush High and personally know the driver. She is not an idiot and would never intentionally hurt them. Instead of blaming the driver pray for the people who are still in the hospital.

    • Maria

      DO you know for sure that it was the drivers fault? NO!!!! So until there are proven facts, you shouldn’t be pointing fingers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David

    There should be more safety on the school buses, like seat belts. Is just scary to think when something like this happens. Kids safety is very important, hope there’s some changes with that. .

    -Thanks

  • Andy

    People always want to point fingers! The driver has 29 years service already…most people do not last that long doing ANYTHING! I praise her and admire her for warning the kids before they overturmed! We do not know what happened…we should be thanking God for all being OK! Would the few that have driven that long without an incident please step forward…otherwise, SHUT UP!

  • Maria

    Why do I feel like Fox 8 has left out Quotes from Austin? In other news he cleary states that reason she told them to hold on. “She stated to them that the brakes went out.” where is to Fox 8 just put per Austin “I started feeling the road get kind of rough when we hit that embankment, and that’s when the bus driver told us to hold on and that’s when we turned over,”

  • shawn

    uh btw i go to Forbush Middle School and my friend was on that bus and the brakes went out around a curve went into a field tipped on its left side and slide about 100 yds. !!!!!!!!!!

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