Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- SC Highway Patrol is reporting two different accidents involving school buses this morning.
The first accident, reported at 8am, involved one car and a school bus reportedly carrying high school students on Alpine road at I-20. No injuries were reported, and the highway patrol was able to move the accident out of traffic within 30 minutes.
The 2nd accident involving a school bus happened at the intersection of Farrow Road and Bethune Court, near SC 277. Emergency crews are on the scene and reporting three vehicles involved in the wreck with the school bus.
Injuries have been reported, although at this time News 19 has no information regarding those injuries, nor do we have information regarding the students aboard the bus.
According to the spokesperson for Richland School District 2, the bus involved in the Alpine Road accident was carrying 9 Richland Northeast High School students. No one was injured in the incident, and the students were picked up by another bus and transported to school.
South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that the driver of a 2004 Chevy Tahoe, 52 year old Juanne Monts of Gaston, was exiting Interstate 20 and disregarded a traffic light, striking the bus in the side. Monts was charged with disregarding a traffic light.
Regarding the accident on Farrow Road, Columbia Police Spokesperson Jennifer Timmons tells News 19 that the bus was stopped in the northbound lane of Farrow Road to load children, with the stop bar out. Two vehicles stopped for the bus, but the third vehicle did not stop, rear-ending the 2nd car stopped in line and pushing the second car into the first car stopped. Because of the chain-reaction, the 2nd car in line also struck the side of the school bus.
No serious injuries were reported, and the driver of the third car, 21 year old Jalycia Golden, was charged with driving too fast for conditions.