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26 Injured in Bus Accident – 2 Charged

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Olivia Finger2 years ago

A school bus being used to transport construction workers was struck Monday morning by a tractor-trailer in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, ABC 11 reports.

Details of the Edgecombe County Trucking Accident

Around 6 am, a flatbed tractor-trailer collided with the rear of the bus along US-64, causing the bus to tip over. Police said the truck was traveling at a speed of around around 65 miles per hour – the bus was traveling at 45 miles per hour.

26 workers were injured in the crash, and two of the workers had to be airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. due to serious injuries.

After the collision, the driver of the tractor-trailer veered off to the road before coming to a stop in the woods running alongside the highway.

Aaron Nissim Moore, 31, the operators of the tractor-trailer, was cited failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision. The bus driver, Manuel Rodrigues, 29, was also cited as he did not have a Class B driver’s license.

The road stayed closed until debris from the vehicles and lumber from the tractor-trailer were removed. The bus is not in affiliation with any school districts.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2012 – a 4-percent increase over the 3,781 deaths reported in 2011.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2012:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles
    • 381 were listed as nonoccupants, including pedestrians and bicyclists
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012, up from 88,000 in 2011.


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