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School Bus Struck by 18-Wheeler in Craven County Hit-and-Run

North Carolina authorities are searching for an 18-wheeler that left the scene of an accident with a Craven County school bus early Tuesday morning.

Details of the Hit-and-Run Trucking Accident

According to WCTI 12, preliminary reports indicate the bus was traveling to West Craven High at around 6:30 am when it was side swiped by an 18-wheeler on Nelson Road near Vanceboro.

There were conflicting reports on the number of students on the bus at the time of the collision, with a Highway Patrol Trooper saying 15 students were on the bus while a Craven County Schools Public Information Officer told reporters 18 students were on the bus.

Video footage from the bus has been examined, and authorities say the vehicle in question had a blue and silver cab and a white male driver.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents result in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

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