Students injured by big bump
Five girls riding a bus to William Lenoir Middle School complained of injuries after being jostled out of their seats when the bus went too quickly over a speed hump on Powell Road about 7 a.m. Monday.
One student, a 16-year-old, was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital for evaluation, said Libby Brown, Caldwell Schools community services director. Three of the students were 12, and one was 11. The girls had no visible signs of injuries, Brown said, but reported back, neck and rib pain.
The incident occurred as the bus was taking its first load of students, about 15, to school. When the bus hit the speed hump, the five students at the rear of the bus were jostled out of their seats, Brown said. The bus arrived a few minutes later at the school, where it was met by Caldwell County EMS. The ambulance took the 16-year-old to the hospital, but no information about her condition was available Monday afternoon. Two of the five students were taken by their parents to their primary care physician, and two others continued to class.
The bus was not exceeding the speed limit but did not slow down sufficiently due to poor visibility and darkness, Brown said. No citations were issued, Lenoir Police Capt. Brent Phelps said.