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North Carolina bus driver faces fine, license suspension following crash

The driver of a bus involved in a traffic accident that left three people dead will lose her driver's license and pay a fine, according to court records. The 56-year-old woman plead guilty to reckless driving for her role in the accident, causing a judge to order her to pay a $200 fine and forfeit her driver's license for six months.

The woman was driving a bus carrying 49 North Carolina AT&T students and a chaperone when the fatal accident occurred at approximately 11:30 on Nov. 11. The students, all of whom were between the ages of 16 and 22, were on their way to a function held by the National Society of Black Engineers when the bus struck the back of a pick-up truck, which had slowed down upon entering a work zone. Police say this initial collision pushed the truck into the back of nearby log truck.

The pick-up truck's driver and two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims were a 40-year-old man, his 25-year-old wife and his 66-year-old father. Rescue workers were able to retrieve a fourth passenger from the truck, which had been crushed during the crash.

Witnesses say the vehicle appeared to have been wedged beneath the logging truck or some of its heavy cargo. The victim was transported by helicopter to a large medical center. She was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

EMTs at the scene also checked out several other individuals involved in the accident, including several students on the bus and the driver of the logging truck.

The bus driver sustained serious injuries requiring her to be transported to a hospital, but she was released soon after. Following the accident, the highway's northbound lanes were closed for over six hours as emergency personnel cleared debris from the road and police investigated the crash.

Source: Progress-Index.com, "Bus driver in fatal Dinwiddie crash fined $200, has license suspended," March 30, 2012

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