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18 wheeler hits school bus in Halifax County

A tractor-trailer struck a Halifax County school bus Thursday morning, heavily damaging the truck but causing minor damage to the bus, according to state police and county school officials.

Trooper R. T. Ridgeway reported Bus 16, a 2005 Thomas-Built bus, driven by 43-year-old Shirley N. Brandon of Alton had stopped to pick up students when it was struck from behind by a 1993 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 39-year-old Terrence A. Harris of Portsmouth.

The trooper said the tractor-trailer is owned by Carolina National Transportation, Inc. of Gary, Indiana.

Neither driver was injured, and none of the children on the bus had any visible injuries, Ridgeway said.

Halifax County Public Schools Director of Transportation Dave Guill said two parents took their children to the hospital to be checked out, but a substitute bus was brought to the scene and transported the remaining students to their school.

The crash occurred at 7:41 a.m. Thursday on Highway 58, four-tenths of a mile east of Route 708.

Trooper Ridgeway estimated damages at $15,000 to the tractor-trailer and $1,500 to the bus, and he charged Harris with reckless driving.

Two women were injured in a single-vehicle crash Monday night, state police said.

Stephanie S. Hudson of Semora, N.C. and her passenger, Cynthia W. Wilkinson, both 37-years-old, were injured when the 1985 Chevrolet 1500 truck Hudson was driving ran off the left shoulder and struck an embankment, according to the report filed by Trooper S. M. Krantz.

City Coal and Crating Co. of South Boston owns the truck, Krantz said.

EMS personnel transported Hudson and Wilkinson to the hospital, where they were treated and released, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The accident occurred at 10:15 p.m. Monday on Highway 58, one-half mile west of Highway 501.

Trooper Krantz estimated damage to the truck at $12,000, and he charged Hudson with DUI.

A Danville man was slightly injured in a storm-related single crash Wednesday night, according to state police.

Trooper Krantz reported 32-year-old Hubert C. Sellers III was slightly injured when the 2007 Dodge Ram he was driving struck a tree that had fallen across the road.

The trooper said the truck is owned by Sellers Brothers, Inc. of Danville.

The accident occurred at 10:20 p.m. on Route 658, one-mile south of Route 707.

Trooper Krantz estimated damage to the truck at $10,000. No charges were filed against Sellers.