SCHP: School bus disabled then rear ended
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A scary morning for kids heading to school in North Charleston Friday morning.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported an accident with injuries at Rivers Avenue and Interstate 526 that happened around 7 a.m.
According to troopers, the bus became disabled and pulled over to the right side of the road. Soon after, a 2006 Taurus, driven by Michael Garnett, rear ended the bus.
Garnett is a Community Service Officer, but was in his personal vehicle. He has been charged with driving too fast for conditions.
North Charleston Community Service and Department of Education Student Transportation Safety officials were on the scene and another bus came to take the six special needs children that were on board to school. They were heading to Hursey and North Charleston elementary schools.
Both the bus driver and Garnett were sent to Roper to be checked out. Troopers say they were both wearing their seatbelts.Crews on the scene say the rear of the bus looks to have caught on fire and was left on the side of the road on Rivers Avenue.
We'll update this story as more information becomes available.