A field trip to Raleigh for a group of middle school students from Asheboro ended early when three of their buses collided with each other on U.S. 64 West, causing multiple students personal injuries.
Approximately 35 students received transport to hospitals in the area, but none of their injuries were considered to be life-threatening. According to Cary police, the majority of the injuries were believed to be neck and back pain or aching arms and legs.
Four buses from Asheboro City School were on a field trip to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, said Lt. Tracey Barker of the Cary Police Department. The buses were transporting a total of 113 students.
According to Barker, the buses pulled up to a stop sign around 10:30 a.m. when the driver of the third bus in line briefly looked down after hearing a buzzer. Upon looking up, the bus rear-ended the bus in front of it, causing it to collide with the first one in line. The fourth bus was not involved.
One student received transport to WakeMed in Raleigh. The others either went to WakeMed in Cary, WakeMed in Apex, or Rex UNC Health Care.