LAURINBURG — A busload of middle school students was transported to the hospital on Wednesday after a car rear-ended their bus on the way to school.
With 39 students on board, Bus 31 was on its way to Carver Middle School shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday when the bus driver stopped at a railroad track on McFarland Road. State law requires school bus drivers to stop at all railroad crossings to listen for approaching trains.
“They had all the students on the bus and they were heading to the school when it happened,” said Roger Ammons, transportation director for Scotland County Schools.
While the bus was stopped, a car struck it from behind, with the front end of the car sliding under the bus’ rear bumper before coming to a stop.
Of the students on the bus, 29 were transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital, all with minor injuries, Ammons said. The others went to school as usual.
By mid-afternoon Wednesday, all students had been released from the hospital, and none were found to be seriously injured.
The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, but reports naming the driver, and whether charges will be filed, were unavailable on Wednesday.
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.