5 students taken to hospital, driver of car cited after bus crash on Hwy. 544

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SOCASTEE, SC (WBTW) – A school bus was involved in a crash on Highway 544 on Tuesday morning.

The call for the crash came in around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday to the area of Hwy. 544 and Pine Hollow Road, according to Tony Casey with Horry County Fire Rescue. Two vehicles, including a school bus, were involved in the crash.

About 25 kids were on the bus at the time of the crash and five were taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, Casey said. Parents have been notified.

According to SC Highway Patrol Cpl. Sony Collins, the driver of a car disregarded a red light and struck the bus. The driver of the car will be charged with disregarding a traffic signal, Collins said.

Lisa Bourcier, spokesperson for Horry County Schools, said the bus was headed to Forestbrook Elementary School.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.

This is a developing story. Count on News13 for updates.

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