Students, drivers recovering after bus crash in Aiken County


Students and drivers are recovering after a school bus crashed in Aiken Tuesday morning.

The bus hit three other cars while trying to turn left on Wire Road at Rudy Mason Parkway.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said five students were sent to the hospital by ambulance, while 13 others were bused to the hospital for observation.

Driver Charles Simpkins was sent to the ER for seatbelt injuries.

He is now charged with failing to yield the right of way.

Two other drivers and their passengers were also sent to the hospital with minor injuries.

Aiken County School Deputy Superintendent David Caver said they will investigate after a report is sent by the highway patrol.

"It's hard to say whether it will be this week or next week."

But no matter when that review is ready, parents say they're worried.

One told Fox 54 their bus drive isn't safe on the road and brings the kids home late.

Others say they think bus drivers need to start enforcing more rules to avoid distracted driving.

The school system, though, says getting behind the wheel is not a quick process.

Superintendent Caver said drivers must pass a general knowledge test and complete 10 to 20 hours of behind the wheel training with an experienced bus driver.


A multi-vehicle incident in Aiken County involving a school bus sent several students to the hospital, according to Aiken County school officials. No students reported injuries.

The crash happened on Wire Road at Rudy Mason Parkway. A few students involved in the incident were sent to Aiken Regional.

Parents have been notified and may pick up their children after they've been evaluated, according to school officials.

The Aiken County Superintendent Everitt is headed to the hospital to meet with students and parents.