• 43°

One hospitalized, two report minor injuries after bus accident

By Rebecca Rider

rebecca.rider@salisburypost.com

LANDIS — One person was injured in an accident involving a car and a Rowan-Salisbury school bus Thursday afternoon.

At 3:31 p.m., emergency personnel received a call about a vehicle-versus-bus accident in the 1100 block of South Main Street. While initial reports said that no students were injured in the crash, police and fire at the scene said that two children began complaining of possible minor injuries after emergency personnel arrived.

The driver of the vehicle, Takesha McKenzie, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center NorthEast. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Landis Police reported that so far, they’d determined that the bus, driven by Connie Poole, was traveling northbound on Main Street when it veered into the southbound lane, where it collided with McKenzie’s car. The investigation is continuing; no charges had been filed as of Thursday evening.

Landis Police and Fire responded to the scene, along with Rowan County EMS.

The bus was carrying five students at the time of the crash, said Tim Beck, transportation director with Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Beck, along with Landis Assistant Fire Chief Ron Miller, identified the bus — number 96 — as a bus transporting students with special needs.

All children had to be checked by EMS before they were cleared to board a backup bus called in by the school system. Beck said that two children were being examined by EMS for potential minor injuries. Beck said one had been holding his knee as he came off the bus, and was being looked at as a precaution. Per procedure, all parents were notified of the accident.

The bus driver was also cleared by EMS, and Beck said she would be taken to ProMed in Salisbury for a drug screening, per district policy.

Beck said he was grateful to police, fire and EMS for their prompt response and care.

“We can fix this bus and we can fix these cars, but these kids are very important to us,” he said.

The accident comes one day after a Cabarrus County school bus was involved in a fatal wreck on Cox Mill Road in Concord.

Contact reporter Rebecca Rider at 704-797-4264. 

Comments

Local

Bell Tower Green renamed to honor Stanbacks; Nancy Stanback receives key to city

Business

Commissioners green light additional houses at Cherry Treesort in China Grove

Education

A.L. Brown will hold in-person, outdoor graduation

Local

Granite Quarry awards FEMA contract for Granite Lake Park

Local

City to vote on apartment developments, final phases of Grants Creek Greenway project

High School

High school football: North receiver McArthur a rising star

Columnists

Carl Blankenship: Pollen and prejudice make their return

News

Harris pitches $2.3T spending plan on trip to North Carolina

Nation/World

Murder case against ex-cop in Floyd’s death goes to the jury

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Man takes deputies on chase with stolen moped

Coronavirus

Afternoon, evening COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned Thursday

Crime

Concord man charged with woman’s murder in drive-by shooting

Ask Us

Ask Us: Have city, county elected officials received COVID-19 vaccine?

Local

City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event

Local

Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race

Crime

Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children

Coronavirus

Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot

Nation/World

Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

News

Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?

Local

Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina

BREAKING NEWS

Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide

Education

RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey

News

Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County

College

Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park