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1 dead, 9 hurt in school bus, car collision in Monroe

There were 43 Benton Heights Elementary students on the bus. Nine of them were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

MONROE, N.C. — A person is dead following a crash between a school bus and a car in Monroe on Tuesday afternoon, a city spokesperson said.

It happened around 2 p.m. on Secrest Short Cut Road near Emily Lane

There were 43 students on the bus; nine of the 4th graders were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

"A substitute bus transported the remaining students home safely," a school spokesperson said.

The driver of the other vehicle, identified as 44-year-old David Paul Waire, Jr., of Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Monroe city spokesperson.

The school bus was carrying students from Benton Heights Elementary, a school spokesperson said.

"There will be additional counseling support at the school tomorrow to provide assistance for the students who were involved in the accident," a school spokesperson added.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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