A collision between a Benvenue Elementary School bus and a car Tuesday afternoon in the rain along northbound Jeffreys Road resulted only in minor injuries.
Benvenue Elementary School student Jakiya Davis, 10, was taken to Nash General Hospital for minor injuries, school officials said. Four other students were taken to the hospital by their parents as a precaution, officials said.
Rocky Mount police responded around 3:40 p.m. to a report of a crash in the 900 block of Jeffreys Road near the intersection of Jeffreys Court. A Ford sedan in the crash had been pushed onto the shoulder of the road with substantial damage.
A preliminary police investigation showed the Ford sedan lost control and slid into the path of Benvenue Elementary School Bus No. 316.
The three adults and two children in the car were taken to Nash General Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.
The bus driver was not injured.
Some students were moved to a spare bus to be driven home. Lynika Silver walked a block down Jeffreys Road in the rain Tuesday to pick up her children, 6-year-old Kamaiya and 8-year-old Kamdon.
Together, the mother and children walked back to Silver’s car past a Rocky Mount police cruiser blocking off traffic.
Silver said she was upset that police wouldn’t let her drive up to the scene of the crash.
“I had to walk. How can they do that? These are our children. They wouldn’t let us drive down here,” she said.
Kamaiya Silver said her mouth was hurting, and her mother said she was taking her daughter to the hospital.
“They said somebody hit the bus,” Silver said.
The Rocky Mount Police Department’s Traffic Unit is investigating the cause of the crash. The Rocky Mount Fire Department, Nash County Emergency Medical Services and Stony Creek Rescue Squad responded to the scene to help treat the injured.
Benvenue Elementary School Principal Quintin Mangano made contact with students’ families on Tuesday. Counselors and other student support personnel will be on hand at Benvenue Elementary School over the next few days to speak with students who need assistance, officials said.