According to a recent report by the Winona Times, a bus accident in Carroll County has left one person suffering from minor injuries. Megan Wilkes rear-ended a Carroll County school bus on Thursday, April 19, 2012. She was left with a few scrapes and bruises, but thankfully no one was seriously injured.
Megan was driving her Nissan Altima down U.S. Highway 82 when the accident occurred. At this time investigators are not sure about the cause of the accident. Accident re-constructionists are still trying to piece together the events of Thursday afternoon. Ben Williams of the Mississippi Highway Patrol said that he was not sure how long the accident reconstruction would take.
At the time of the car wreck, the bus was carrying 17 students. The collision occurred shortly after the students were dismissed from school that afternoon. Superintendent of the Carroll County Schools, Joe Ferguson, said, “This was one of those unfortunate things,” Ferguson said. “My main concern is the people involved in the accident, and the way the car was under the bus, it’s a miracle it wasn’t worse than it was.” The bus driver followed all of the necessary rules and procedures required when a school bus is involved in a vehicle accident. One of the students on the bus received medical attention as a precaution. Some of the students were somehow unaware that the car was even under the bus.
Both the school bus and the driver’s car were totaled as a result of the collision. Because the cause of the accident is unknown at this time, there is no word on whether any kind of charges will be filed against the driver. Since the accident involved a car that rear-ended the bus, it is likely that the driver was negligent in failing to allow for enough space to stop safely. It is also possible that the driver was distracted in some way and did not see the bus stopped in front of her car. Whatever the reason for the accident, the driver may need to fear being served with a civil complaint.
Unfortunately car accidents are commonplace and many involve personal injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident please contact the personal injuries at Kilpatrick & Philley at (601) 856-7800.
Source: “Injuries minor in bus crash,” by Reggie Ross, published at WinonaTimes.com.
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