A head-on collision between a car and a Robeson County school bus in Lumberton, North Carolina (NC), left four teenagers dead and the bus driver seriously injured. The fatal accident occurred on Wire Grass Road shortly after 10 am on November 17, 2014. No students were aboard the bus at the time of the wreck, but two of the passengers in the car were enrolled in the local high school.
According to the Robesonian newspaper, the car reached speeds of 80 mph on the two-lane road and was being followed by at least one police cruiser. Law enforcement officials denied reports that a high-speed chase was being conducted, however. The investigation into the deadly crash continued through the day.
Speeding by teenaged drivers causes many serious accidents, as does fleeing from traffic stops. We cannot know from the initial reports whether the person behind the wheel of the car that went out of control and wound up in the path of the school bus was being merely reckless or criminal. What is undeniable, though, is that he and three other youngsters lost their lives due to behavior that could have been prevented.
Wrecks like this one never stop causing pain. Even if the innocent bus driver recovers fully from the spinal and internal injuries incurred in the accident, unpleasant memories are likely to linger. The friends and family members of the deceased teens will spend lifetimes working to overcome their tragic losses. Add to those physical, mental and emotional tolls the difficulties of sorting through liability and insurance issues, and it is easy to understand why driving responsibly, obeying posted speed limits and staying in one's own lane are so essential.