School bus overturns; no one seriously injured

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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A Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools bus overturned Wednesday morning, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Troopers responded at 7:33 a.m. to a single-vehicle wreck. School officials said the driver of Bus No. 306 lost control while driving on Boddie Mill Pond Road near N.C. 58. The bus went off the road and overturned in a nearby ravine.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Chief Public Information Officer Ashley Simmons said there were eight Nashville Elementary School students on the bus at the time of the wreck and six of them along with the driver were taken to Nash General Hospital. The two remaining students reportedly were taken to Nashville Elementary School by parents while bus No. 300 finished the route to the school without incident.

“(Principal Sharon Huneycutt) and her nurse, Misti Phillips, did an amazing job of taking care of students at the scene and reassuring anxious parents that their children were being taken care of,” Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said in a press release. “They are to be commended for a job well done. We are fortunate that this was not more serious.”

Check back with the Rocky Mount Telegram as more details become available.