Asheboro soldier among injured in Holiday Tours bus crash

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — A soldier from Asheboro was among several others injured last week when a bus carrying 45 U.S. Army Reservists overturned in Mooresville, according to the Asheboro Courier-Tribune.

The Holiday Tours bus wrecked just before 3 p.m. Friday at Alexander Acres Road and Highway 150. Authorities said the bus had slowed for turning traffic before it slid to the right and went off the roadway near the intersection at Oak Meadow Road.

One person was airlifted from the scene to┬áCarolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with injuries that were described as serious, but not life-threatening. The rest of the those hurt suffered “minor injuries,” officials said. The bus driver was not among the injured. Sixteen were taken to Carolinas Medical Center, at least seven to Lake Norman Regional┬áMedical Center and four to Iredell Memorial Hospital.

According to the Courier-Tribune, Spc. Rodney McDonald of Asheboro remained at Lake Norman Regional as of Monday evening.

The paper reports McDonald was upgraded to stable condition on Friday, but was in intensive care. On Monday, McDonald’s wife told the paper the soldier was “doing much better.”

The bus was headed to Salisbury from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The Army Reservists were from the 991st Transportation Company based in Salisbury.

State troopers say the bus driver, 42-year-old Christopher Scott Reed of Randleman, was cited with failure to maintain lane control.