Driver dies days after school bus crash that injured 22, including students

Driver dies days after school bus crash that injured 22, including students
One person was airlifted and 16 others injured in a crash involving a school bus in Stanly County Tuesday afternoon, according to officials. (Sky 3 | WBTV)

STANLY COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A woman airlifted to the hospital after a crash involving a school bus that injured 21 others in Stanly County has died five days after the incident.

Troopers with the NC State Highway Patrol confirmed Monday that Cynthia Thomas, 63, of Albemarle died from injuries she sustained in the May 15 collision. Officials say 18 children and four adults were injured in the crash.

The crash, which involved a Head Start bus, happened around 2:30 p.m. on Highway 52 near Quail Ridge Road in South Albemarle.

State troopers say a pickup truck ran a stop sign and struck the small school bus, which overturned. Officials say that pickup truck driver will face charges. The driver’s name and his charges have not yet been released.

Thomas was the driver of a car that was travelling behind the bus and was also involved in the accident.

Officials say 17 children and two adults were on the bus and treated for injuries. Three of the children were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Thomas was airlifted to the hospital and one child was taken to another hospital with minor injuries. The driver of a third vehicle was treated for injuries but not taken to the hospital.

Families gathered at nearby hospitals to find their children being treated.

“I don’t know what I would’ve done if I would’ve gotten the news that it would’ve been worse than what it really had been," Qutiaya Clark said of her niece.

No names or ages of the other victims have been released.

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