Wadesboro police: Logging truck caused Anson County bus wreck


By Imari Scarbrough - [email protected]



Logs from a truck smashed into a window on a school bus involved in a wreck earlier this week, causing the collision, according to the Wadesboro Police Department.

A logging truck owned by Nolan Timber, LLC was involved in the collision early Wednesday morning.

“(The) log truck was making a turn and with the logs hanging beyond the trailer,” Chief Thedis Spencer said via email. “Logs hit the driver side of the bus into the driver-side window where the driver was sitting.

“Initially, the log truck (driver) did not notice the wreck, but returned later after tracking video surveillance to identify driver/truck,” Spencer said via email. “(The) truck (driver) was completely cooperative and unaware of collision.”

The wreck took place on U.S. Highway 74 near Standback Ferry Ice Plant Road in Wadesboro early in the morning Wednesday as the bus was on its way to drop children off at Lilesville Elementary School, according to Superintendent Michael Freeman, who added that the bus was significantly damaged.

Freeman said that “a few” of the students were taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Anson as a precaution, and that all were treated and released.

“I am so glad the injuries were very minor,” Freeman said via email late Wednesday afternoon. “We were very fortunate in this respect. The bus does have a lot of damage.”

Freeman said his staff jumped into action after the wreck.

“I am very proud of the quick response from law enforcement, emergency personnel, and Anson County School staff members,” he said. The students were being transported to Lilesville Elementary School, so (school principal) Mrs. (Maresa) Phillips and a number of her staff members arrived to the accident location to assist very quickly. The involvement of these LES staff members really helped our students feel more comfortable.”

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By Imari Scarbrough

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