Students unhurt in bus accidents in James Island, West Ashley

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two accidents involving school buses were reported Thursday afternoon.

No one was injured after a school bus, an SUV and a dump truck collided on Highway 17 near Melrose Road in West Ashley, according to Charleston City Police. The bus was from Oakland Elementary, said Charleston County School District spokesman Elliot Smalley.

The accident happened around 4 p.m. Thursday. The bus driver said he was rear-ended by an SUV while dropping a child off at a day care center on Savannah Highway. The owner of the day care and a 5-year-old girl were standing right inside the bus' door when they were hit, he said. Both the woman and the girl were unhurt.

A second accident involving a school bus happened at 4:25 p.m. at the intersection of Dills Bluff Road and Winborn Drive on James Island. The truck involved in the accident belongs to the county, said Charleston County Sheriff's Office spokesman Major John Clark.

The deputy was driving down Dills Bluff towards Harbor View Road when the bus turned in front of him, Clark continued. There were a dozen students from Academic Magnet and the School of the Arts onboard.

None of the students was hurt, Clark said, but the deputy was taken to Roper St. Francis in downtown Charleston for minor cuts and bruises.

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