Taylorsville, NC — On December 17, 2018, a suspected DUI driver crashed into a school bus near West Alexander Middle School, sending 14 people to area hospitals.
According to authorities, the crash happened around 7:30 a.m. on Icard Ridge Road near Bulldog Lane. 56-year-old Kimberly Ann Austin reportedly drove her Toyota sedan across the road’s center line and crashed into the bus as it traveled about a quarter-mile away from the middle school. The impact drove the bus off the roadway and it flipped on its side.
19 students were on the bus at the time of the wreck. Six of them were treated at the scene and went back to class after the wreck, while 13 of them and the bus driver were transported to area hospitals for additional treatment. Austin also had a 10-year-old child in the car at the time of the crash; the child’s condition was not reported.
North Carolina DPS confirmed on March 15, 2019 that Kimberly Austin faces eight charges of felony serious injury by vehicle.
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