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Five injured in crash involving school bus in east Charlotte

According to Medic, the crash happened at Gold Pan Road and Dulin Creek Boulevard. This is off the Plaza Road Extension.
Crews were called to a crash involving a school bus Monday morning in east Charlotte.
Crews were called to a crash involving a school bus Monday morning in east Charlotte.(Source: WBTV)
Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 7:48 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 8, 2021 at 8:17 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Several people were injured in a crash involving a school bus Monday morning in east Charlotte.

According to Medic, the crash happened at Gold Pan Road and Dulin Creek Boulevard. This is off the Plaza Road Extension.

Medic said five people suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police and fire officials said one student on the bus - under 18 - was hurt and taken to the hospital. According to Medic, three people in the other car - a mother and her kids - were also hurt and taken to Atrium CMC.

The bus driver was taking Rocky River High School students to school when police say the driver ran through a stop sign in a residential neighborhood and struck another car on Dulin Creek Road.

The woman driving that car, Annette Bowden, said she had the right-of-way and was only going about 5 miles an hour when the school bus ran a stop sign and slammed into her.

Bowden says the crash hurt her, her 10-year-old, and her 17-year-old, and totaled her car. She called the whole thing traumatizing.

“And I could just see the bus all up on my car, dragging us, turned us in the complete total opposite,” Bowden said. “I see my kid’s face hitting the glass so hard, my son’s lip busted all up and blood was just going everywhere. My daughter hit the door so hard - now everybody had on seatbelts - my daughter hit the door so hard she started throwing up.”

Bowden stressed she’s worried about this intersection before. She says many go much faster than the 25 miles per hour limit. Now that it’s affected her family, she wants the city to consider a four-way stop sign and wants drivers to slow down when driving through the area.

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