Fatal crash involving school bus in Robeson County

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LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – One person is dead following a crash involving a school bus outside of Lumberton.

According to Sgt. B.R Long with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a Lincoln sedan was traveling on Regan Church Road in the area of Littlefield Acres Loop Road when it hit a truck belonging to a tree cutting company that was stopped on the side of the road and had their flashers and emergency equipment out.

The truck was then pushed into the ditch on the side of the road, according to Sgt. Long. The sedan then traveled back into the roadway where it struck the school bus that was traveling north. The driver of the sedan was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle and died as a result. There were students on the bus at the time of the crash, however, no students on the bus were injured. According to Sgt. Long, the driver of the sedan failed to reduce speed and was exceeding the speed limit.

Sgt. Long identified the driver that died as James David Bullock Jr., 52, of Lumberton.

In a statement, Robeson County Schools said “Bus 174 that services East Robeson Primary School was involved in a wreck while traveling on Reagan Church Road in Lumberton this afternoon. The bus driver was not responsible for the incident. We are extremely happy to report that all 37 students and the bus driver were not injured and are safe.”

“Principal Dr. Lewis Cox, PSRC Director of Transportation Dr. Robert Guzman, and other East Robeson Primary School Administrators arrived on the scene shortly after the incident. Once the area was determined to be safe, students were transported back to East Robeson Primary School where they were reunited with their parents and other family members,” said Dr. Gorden Burnette with Robeson County Schools.

We are working to learn more. Count on News13 for updates.

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