SUV driver cited after special needs bus wreck

Published: Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have cited the driver they say caused the wreck involving a special needs bus on College Park Road at Interstate 26 on Tuesday.

South Carolina Highway Patrol cited Darlene Pringle with disregarding a traffic light.

Troopers said the wreck happened on the overpass around 2:29 p.m. on Tuesday. Troopers said an SUV, driven by Pringle, ran a red light and crashed into the bus, which caused the bus to crash into two other cars.

Traffic was shut down in the area for roughly two hours.

According to Charleston County School District spokesman Jason Sakran, there were students from Pinehurst Elementary and Midland Park Primary schools on board.

The Highway Patrol says 12 students total were on board at the time of the wreck.  Sakran said no one on the bus was injured, but troopers said some students would be taken to Trident Hospital to be checked out.

According to authorities, a driver of a truck was also taken to the hospital to be checked for injuries.

Some parents were observed arriving to pick up their children around 3:45 p.m.  Other children were transferred to another bus.  Reporter Sujata Jain said some of the students looked as young as three and four years old.

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