Driver who hit children at bus stop will not be charged

Scene of the accident. (Source: WYFF)
Scene of the accident. (Source: WYFF)

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A driver who hit two children at a bus stop early Thursday morning could not have avoided them, according to the Highway Patrol.

The Anderson County District 3 transportation director said the children were hit by a pickup truck.

The accident happened at 6:43 a.m. at Travis and Williams Roads near Highway 29.
The official said the children were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

District 3 Superintendent Dr. Mason Gary says the students are a first-grader and a third-grader from Starr Elementary School.

"The kids were crossing the road from their yard to the stop and that's when the accident took place," Gary said.

Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the two boys were 6-and 8-years-olds, and were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Gary said the children were having X-rays done at AnMed hospital.

The truck that hit the children was a 1993 Chevrolet pickup, according to Rhyne. It was driven by Jerry Albertson, 46, of Anderson, Rhyne said.

Albertson will not be charged, according to Rhyne.

"There were cars coming in the other direction. There were children on the other side of the road. He had to maintain his lane, and unfortunately those children were in his lane, and he didn't have enough time to stop without striking them," Rhyne said. "He did everything in his power to attempt to miss them. A driver can be as vigilant as possible, but when somebody at the last minute steps out in front of you, it doesn't give them much opportunity to react in that situation."

Albertson's wife said that one of the children hit had been discharged from the hospital by 11 a.m., and the other child was being treated for broken bones and lacerations. Officials at AnMed could not confirm that information.

Rhyne said the spot where the kids were hit was not a problem area for traffic or accidents in the past, but neighbors said they think the location of the bus stop is dangerous.

Neighbor Thomas Quillea said, "There's no lights on this road. It's an old country road."

Currently, all the children in the area walk from their homes to the parking lot of a church for pick up, but school district officials said that is something they will review.

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