A very serious tractor-trailer wreck near Riegelwood, North Carolina in Columbus County has resulted in injuries to 10 people including several children. According to available information, a Head Start School bus had stopped in the westbound lanes of US 74/76 to pickup a student when a tractor-trailer plowed into the back of the bus.
Reports indicate that the tractor-trailer driver was reaching down to pick up a cigarette and then looked up and tried to swerve but still hit the bus. A Fed-Ex vehicle was behind the tractor-trailer and apparently also struck the school bus. Reports indicate that the bus may have rolled several times during the collision.
Two adults and eight children on the bus were injured. Two of the victims were transported by Air Ambulance to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The extent of injuries is unknown.