The bus and a pickup truck were involved in a collision around 9:50 a.m. The pickup truck hit the back of the bus, causing it to swerve and overturn onto one of its sides. Fortunately, all 13 passengers were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.
The driver of the pickup truck, Christopher Mezzapesa of Charlotte, was not injured in the wreck, and was charged with reckless driving. 13 occupants of the bus were taken to the hospital.
Five of the 13 were listed in serious or critical condition and were admitted to stay in the hospital overnight. There was one senior who was not injured in the wreck, but he did have chest pains either at the hospital or on the way to the hospital.
The number of injured caused the hospital to activate rarely-used emergency plans known as the Hospital Incident Command System.
Medical treatment was initiated quickly and after activating the emergency plan, officials had a second hospital meeting around 12:30 p.m. where they decided there was no need to have a third meeting because most of the cases were stable.
According to the Harvard Kennedy School of Media, Politics, and Public Policy, buses and other commercial motor vehicles (CMV) have a higher likelihood of fatal accident involvement per registered vehicle.
On average, about 63,000 buses [of all kinds] are involved in an accident each year; about 14,000 result in an injured person, and 325 result in a death.
About 50 passengers (including the driver) are killed, on average, in a given year.