CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The week before Christmas kicked off with two accidents involving school buses in the span of an hour Monday morning.

The first accident occurred in west Charlotte which shut down Alleghany Street for a brief amount of time around 7:30 a.m.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the bus involved in the accident was #2042 and served Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. There were 27 students on board at the time of the accident.


"I've watched at least four kids get into an ambulance," NBC Charlotte Reporter Ariel Plasencia said while on scene. Medic said five people were transported to CMC with minor injuries following the incident. A gray sedan involved in the accident had a shattered window on the driver's side and the school bus' stop arm was slightly crooked.The second accident occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Albemarle Road at Jamison Place in east Charlotte. CMS said the bus was #1395 and had 17 students on board. Medic said one person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.The bus suffered minor damage to its back bumper, however, the car involved in the accident had much more serious damage. Airbags in the car were deployed but the driver said he was doing okay.

An officer on scene said charges in the west Charlotte school bus crash were not likely. He told NBC Charlotte's Ariel Plasencia that the driver said he looked down for one second and when he looked up, he struck the bus.