At least 15 students are injured and a man left fighting for life after horror multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus, dump truck and car in North Carolina
- At least 15 students were reported injured after a Charlotte, North Carolina bus was struck by a passenger car and dump truck on Wednesday morning, totaling all three vehicles
- All the students sustained only minor injuries as they were transported to a local hospital, but one of the men involved in the crash sustained life-threatening injuries
- It took emergency workers 30 minutes to free the bus driver and one hour to free the dump truck driver after they were left trapped inside their vehicles surrounded by tented metal
- Police officials said it was unlikely anyone would face charges following a preliminary investigation
At least 15 students were injured and a man is fighting for his life following a crash involving a school bus, car and dump truck in North Carolina on Wednesday morning.
Paramedics at the scene in Charlotte confirmed that 15 of the 17 injured were students from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and one of the adult victims had sustained life-threatening injuries, WSOC reported.
The school bus was carrying 40 students when the passenger car and dump truck hit it, CMS officials said.
The bus driver and dump truck driver were trapped inside their vehicles after the crash but were freed by the Charlotte Fire Department. It was not immediately clear which one of the drivers was the victim who sustained life-threatening injuries.
At least 15 students were reported injured after a North Carolina bus was struck by a passenger car and dump truck on Wednesday morning. Pictured, the aftermath of the crash involving the three vehicles
It took officials 30 mins to free the bus driver and one hour to free the dump truck driver who were stuck inside their vehicles
The front of the school bus, which was carrying 40 students, was left torn to pieces following the horrific crash
Emergency workers at the scene worked to remove the dump truck from the scene to clear the roads
Emergency workers said they worked quickly to get the children out and the bus and take them to the hospital. The injured students all had minor injuries while one of the adult victims was reported to have sustained life-threatening injuries
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officials said it was unlikely anyone would face charges following a preliminary investigation
Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Services Agency (MEDIC) officials it took emergency workers 30 minutes to free the bus driver and an hour to remove the dump truck driver.
Fire department officials said freeing the drivers took long due to the sheer amount of dented metal surrounding them from the crash.
The children were all taken the hospital in a mass casualty bus to treat their minor injuries, WRAL reported.
Angie Washington, who lives in the area, told WRAL that she was in her home when she heard a loud boom and the screaming of school children.
‘I saw all the children getting out the back of the bus and I ran down here,’ she said. ‘Kids were crying, they were a little hysterical.’
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officials said it was unlikely anyone would face charges following a preliminary investigation.
The dump truck was lifted from the scene with a crane and placed on a towing vehicle in order to remove it
The rescue of the drivers took so long due to the sheer amount of metal surrounding them following the crash
Pictured, the wreckage depicting the white dump truck, which struck the school bus. Both vehicles were totaled
It was not immediately clear if one of the drivers was the victim who sustained life-threatening injuries
This is a developing story.