WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — A man is dead and a teenager was taken to the hospital after a driver, trying to pass a school bus, hit their car head on, according to Highway Patrol.
At about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, troopers responded to a crash on N.C. 268 in Wilkes County, near Whites Creek Road.
Troopers say a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado was driving east on N.C. 268 and tried to pass a school bus heading east at a curve in a no-passing zone marked with double yellow lines.
The Chevrolet then crashed head on into a westbound 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis.
No children were on the school bus.
The driver of the Chevrolet, 28-year-old Scott James Wolfe, of Boomer, was seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Winston-Salem.
The driver of the Mercury, 84-year-old Clyde Delano Cox, of Ferguson, died at the scene. The passenger, 18-year-old Erica Paige Cox, also of Ferguson, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Winston-Salem hospital.
The road was closed for about two hours.
Troopers say charges are pending.