Nine students sustain minor injuries when pickup truck slams into school bus

A pickup truck on Friday slammed into the back of a stopped Rock Hill school bus, causing minor injuries to nine students, officials said.

James Carver, 37, of 536 Sugereetown Lane, was charged with driving too fast for conditions, said Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Fourteen students -- five from Rock Hill High School and nine from Castle Heights Middle School -- were on the bus, district spokeswoman Elaine Baker said.

"No one was seriously injured," Baker said.

Around 8:15 a.m., Leroy Jones drove a 1986 International school bus along Sturgis Road near Whitehorse Road in the Lesslie community. Carver followed behind the bus in a 2004 Ford pickup truck, Johnson said.

"Leroy Jones had slowed and stopped to allow a child to board the bus when the pickup truck, which was following the school bus, ran into the rear of the bus," Johnson said.

Nine students with minor injuries were taken by ambulance to Piedmont Medical Center, Baker and Johnson said. The remaining five were taken to PMC as a precaution.

"We gave all the students an opportunity to get checked out," said Rock Hill schools Superintendent Lynn Moody, who went to the hospital Friday morning. "Most of the parents met us at the hospital."

Some parents took their children to their doctors, school officials said.

"They appeared to be in good condition," Moody said.

Carver, who wore a seat belt, was not injured in the collision, Johnson said.

District officials are grateful the students were not seriously injured. Still, Baker offered a reminder to motorists.

"We need to recognize that our school buses are on the roads, and they're stopping often to pick up students," she said. "Motorists need to watch for the school buses and help everyone stay safe."

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