Woman charged after rear-ending school bus
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009
By Shavonne Potts
A Cleveland woman was charged after she ran into the back of a school bus last week. A student riding the bus was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Shelia Harrell, 45, was driving on Dooley Road just after 7 a.m. Thursday when her 2001 GMC Yukon crashed into the rear of a bus picking up students.
The N.C. Highway Patrol charged Harrell with failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision. Trooper M.T. Eason said Harrell was traveling between 40 and 45 mph in a 55 mph zone.
He chalked the wreck up to inattention. Harrell was the only occupant in the sport utility vehicle.
The bus driver was slowing down to pick up a student, but had not put out the stop sign. The child getting ready to board the bus was just leaving home.
A child on the bus complained of back and neck pain and was taken to the hospital as a precaution, Eason said.
They were taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center and later released.