BELMONT, N.C. – The driver of a school bus that overturned in Gaston County Tuesday morning has been charged with careless and reckless driving by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
According New Hope Fire Department, no one was injured during the incident. The crash happened around 6:45 a.m. on Lake Wyle Road. North Carolina Highway Patrol also responded to the scene, removing all four students and the driver from the overturned bus.
"One little girl was a little bit upset, but besides that, they were fine," said one state trooper at the scene. "The school bus came through a sharp curve on a wet road surface."
The trooper explained that the driver ran off the shoulder of the road, which was muddy and covered with wet leaves. As a result, she lost control of the bus.
"The vehicle began to slide, struck a ditch, and overturned at that point," he said. "The kids were shaken up, no serious injuries of any kind. Same condition for the driver."
The driver, identified as Milagros Pena, of Charlotte, has been charged with careless and reckless driving and going too fast for road conditions.
Authorities said that two of the students were released to their parents. The remaining students were taken to school. All students were checked by paramedics on the scene.
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