The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 4, 2013

Driver faces charge after school bus accident

By Shannon Beamon, Staff Writer
CNHI News Service

Friday, October 4, 2013 — After the accident involving an Albemarle High School bus last week, school officials are trying to make sure everything was handled as it should have been.

“School officials met with Emergency Management officials after the incident to discuss our response and any areas for improvement,” Director of Student Services Shannon Batchelor said.

“As always, when anything happens in our community, the student services team and Stanly County Schools’ support our students and families.”

The accident occured Sept. 24 at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Carolina Avenue when Agnes Parker, an Albemarle resident, ran into the back of the bus as it was coming to a stop, according to a report from N.C. Highway Patrol.

There were 25 students on the bus at that time. Ten of those students and the bus driver, Valerie Jones, were taken to Stanly Regional Medical Center.

Most of those taken in were noted as having only possible injuries. Only one student was noted as having evident injuries, the report said.

Batchelor would not comment on the current physical condition of the students, but did say they were all back in school and everything was back to normal.

Parker was taken to the hospital as well. Her physical condition was marked as being “apparently fine.” She has been charged with failing to reduce speed.  

Her Dodge Durango sustained $8,500 in estimated damages. The bus mantained about $500 in estimated damages.

To submit story ideas, contact Shannon Beamon at (704) 982-2121 ext. 24 or at shannon@stanlynews