North Carolina Bus Accident Kills Four
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Four people were killed in a tragic
bus accident on a North Carolina highway earlier this month. The bus was carrying a
South Carolina junior college football team and some of their family members
when a tire blew out, according to a North Carolina State Trooper. Officials
say a child was among the fatalities as well as the bus driver and two
football players. The 43-year-old bus driver, a 21-year-old male, a 19-year-old
male, and a 10-year-old boy, were those killed in the crash according
to authorities. Troopers say two of the victims were ejected from the
bus and died at the scene. The other two were extracted from the bus but
later died at the hospital.
According to the state troopers, the bus’ front tire blew out at
approximately 2:30 p.m. on Saturday on U.S. Highway 74 near Hamlet. The
bus veered into a guardrail, and then a concrete bridge column reported
the Highway Patrol Lieutenant. A picture of the wreck shows almost all
of the metal torn off the left side, and the front left third of the bus
ripped open. Two investigators with the National Transportation Safety
Board are being sent to investigate the tires on the bus, according to
an agency spokesman. A full investigation of the bus crash has not yet
been announced. The crash occurred about 70 miles southeast of Charlotte.
A report by a special accident reconstruction team will likely take weeks.
The two football players killed were trying to continue their playing careers
according to the families. State Troopers say the bus was carrying primarily
players on a team from Clinton College in Rock Hill, ages 18 to 24. Clinton
College canceled classes the following Monday and arranged for grief counselors
to help students.
If you have been involved in a tragic bus accident, please
contact a St. Louis traffic accident specialist at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC.