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Three Students in Hospital After School Bus Collision

Turning truck's tree punctures Head Start school bus Wednesday morning on Central Avenue.

As an 18-wheeler turned from Central Avenue Wednesday morning, one of the trees it was hauling punctured the side of a Head Start school bus carrying children.

The tree went completely through the top of the school bus.

Three of the students, the driver and assistant were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The wreck happened at about 6:45 a.m.

The truck was turning west onto Parsons Road and the bus was travelling north on Central Avenue. 

Dorothy Chiasson, 20, of Ladson drove the school bus and James Roberts, 69, of Walterboro drove the 18-wheeler. Roberts has been charged with improper turn, according to police.

The wreck is under investigation and as of 8:30 a.m. had been cleared from the road. Anyone that may have witnessed the accident, call the Summerville Police Department 851-4100.

Updated 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29 to add charge against James Robert. 

Stephanie August 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Why in the name of God are 18 wheelers permitted on Central Ave?
Lindsay Street August 29, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Logging is a vital, important industry in Summerville. Central and Highway 78 often have 18 wheelers loaded with trees going up and down. But you bring up an interesting point: should they or shouldn't they be allowed on Central Avenue?
rhonda Huller August 29, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Why not. It is no different than 17A or 176. Trucks pay high road taxes, so they should be able to use most roads. People should use their heads when they drive. Something big and long thats turning, you stay way back off of its tail lights. They need turning room.
Kaye Fox August 29, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I would agree with Ronda. It would appear that the school bus was driving too close to the logging truck, Just saying... I am sure that there will more to the story.
Lindsay Street August 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Just added more. James Roberts has been charged with improper turn.

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