A fatal accident has killed three people, injured several more and delayed a trip for a group of student engineers from North Carolina. According to police, the truck crash occurred as a pickup truck and a commercial hauler carrying a stack of logs were both slowing down in the left lane of traffic. Suddenly, the bus of students rammed the pickup truck from behind and pushed it into the semi, causing it to become pinned beneath the larger vehicle.
The driver and two passengers in the pickup truck were killed at the scene. A fourth passenger from the same vehicle sustained serious injuries and was transported via helicopter to a medical center for treatment. The driver of the bus was also taken to the same facility with serious injuries.
There were 49 students on the bus at the time of the accident, all members of the North Carolina A&T chapter of the National Association of Black Engineers. The students were headed to an annual engineering conference and competition. The students' trip was delayed by the crash, but none of them were injured. Following news of the incident, an executive with A&T held a press conference to address the safety of the students, expressing gratitude that none of the students was hurt.
The bus driver was charged with reckless driving, but still remains in the hospital at last report. She is scheduled to appear in court for her arraignment in early 2012, with police consulting with the district court to determine whether she should face additional charges.
Source: North Carolina Register, "Accident delays NBSE's trip to conference," Erik Veal, Nov. 13, 2011