SCHP charge driver of SUV in special needs school bus accident

LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) -- South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers responded to an accident involving a school bus Tuesday and now one driver is facing charges.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. on College Park Road just off I-26 by the McDonalds.

According to Highway Patrol officials, the bus was making a left turn on to College Park Road and an SUV ran the red light, hitting the bus. The impact pushed the bus into two other vehicles that were stopped at the red light, Highway Patrol said.

Charleston School District spokesperson Jason Sakran said that 12 students were on board at the time of the accident but there were no injuries.

Highway Patrol officials said the children were taken to Trident Medical Center just as a precaution, though.

Sakran said the bus was a special needs bus leaving from Pinehurst Elementary and Midland Park Primary schools.

According to the Associated Press, SCHP is charging 51-year-old Darlene Pringle of Ridgeville with disregarding a traffic signal.