As of January 27, the North Carolina Highway Patrol was still attempting to determine the cause of a school bus and pickup truck colliding in Pasquotank County on January 26. The accident resulted in more than a dozen people receiving hospital transport, one of which suffered serious personal injuries.
The pickup truck’s driver, Hertford resident Brenda Daniels, received air transport to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, where she was listed in critical condition.
A 15-year-old student that was a passenger on the bus also received transport to Sentara Norfolk with possible head injuries. The student remained there as of January 27. There was no update available on the student’s condition.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on the day of the crash, a loaded Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools bus and a red pickup truck collided at the intersection of Main Street Extended and U.S. Highway 17.
Trooper Jonathan Wood said that the bus was westbound on Main Street Extended and the truck was southbound on U.S. 17.
The bus spun 180 degrees before overturning. Who was at fault for the crash was uncertain, according to Wood.
Eleven of the 42 students aboard the bus received ambulance transport to Albemarle Hospital. Their names and conditions were not made available as of January 27.
According to Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools spokeswoman Angela Noblitt, most of the students sustained minor injuries.
The bus driver, Valeria Moore, received ambulance transport to Albemarle Hospital and was later released, according to Wood.
Wood said that Daniels had been pinned in her truck. She underwent a surgical procedure on her liver.