Moncks Corner, SC School Bus and Truck Wreck, Nov 1979
BUS WRECK KILLS CHILDREN.
Moncks Corner, S.C. (AP) - Two children were killed and 38 injured today when a tractor-trailer collided with a school bus in Berkeley County, officials said.
Deputy Berkeley County Coroner James Preacher confirmed the two deaths and the number injured, but declined to release any names immediately.
(Transcriber's Note: The two children killed were EDSEL NOFSINGER, 12, and TERRY MARTIN, 13.)
The coroner said the 38 injured children were being treated at hospitals throughout the Charleston area, most of them at North Trident Regional Hospital.
"All of them are injured seriously enough to require hospital treatment," Preacher said.
The bus was going to Berkeley Middle School in Moncks Corner after picking up students from the Lakewood and Chapperell sections of the county.
The accident occurred about 7:45 a.m. six miles southwest of Moncks Corner.
Kay Brown, a guidance counselor, said from the school. "The children here are not really aware of what happened yet."
She said there were no plans to close the school, which has an enrollment of about 550.
According to reports, the truck sheared off the left side of the school bus, jumped an embankment, struck a tree and overturned. The driver was trapped in the wreckage for a short time.
A spokesman for the state Department of Education in Columbia said the truck belonged to James C. Hammill Trucking Inc. and was carrying gravel.
The truck driver was identified as J. P. ORVIN.
The education department spokesman, Mont Morton, said the bus driver is a woman with about six or seven years driving school buses.
The Index-Journal Greenwood South Carolina 1979-11-08