STANLY COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Officials say 18 children and four adults were injured in a crash involving an overturned school bus in Stanly County Tuesday afternoon.
The crash, which involved a Head Start bus, happened around 2:30 p.m. on Highway 52 near Quail Ridge Road in South Albemarle.
State troopers say a pickup truck ran a stop sign and struck the small school bus, which overturned. Officials say that pickup truck driver will face charges. The driver’s name and his charges have not been released.
A car behind the bus was also involved in the accident.
Officials said a total of 22 people were injured in the crash. A total of 18 children were injured while four adults were also treated for injuries.
Officials say 17 children and two adults were on the bus and treated for injuries. Three of the children were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
In a second vehicle, a female driver was airlifted to the hospital and one child was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of a third vehicle was treated for injuries but not taken to the hospital.
Families gathered at nearby hospitals to find their children being treated.
“I don’t know what I would’ve done if I would’ve gotten the news that it would’ve been worse than what it really had been," Qutiaya Clark said of her niece.
No names or ages have been released for any of the victims.
From WBTV’s Sky3, the bus could be seen on its side in the middle of the highway. At least two other vehicles -one of which was heavily damaged - appeared to be involved.