Spartanburg, SC School Bus Wreck Feb 1981


Spartanburg (AP) - Spartanburg County authorities want to know why the brakes on a school bus failed Monday afternoon, causing an accident that injured at least 37 of the 60 grade schoolers riding the bus.
Five children were seriously hurt in the wreck.
"We are still seeing some stragglers that parents are bringing in that were not seen at the time of the accident," said Dawn Pennington, nurse in charge at Spartanburg General Hospital's emergency room.
Authorities said two dozen pupils were given first aid at the scene of the accident, which occurred near the North Carolina line. Ms. Pennington said at least 37 children were examined for injuries and treated at the hospital.
Listed in serious condition were TANYA GREENWAY, 9, of Fingerville, suffering a head injury; KEVIN GRIFFIN, 7, of Fingerville, abdominal injuries; JENNIFER ANGEL, 6, of Inman, internal injuries; and HOWARD BALLEW, 12, of Inman, a fractured pelvis.
WILLIAM BARKER, 8, of Inman was listed in stable condition with a concussion and a fractured right arm.

Index-Journal Greenwood South Carolina 1981-02-17