Superintendent: Lilesville Elementary students OK after bus wreck

By: By Imari Scarbrough -

A school bus took heavy damage in an wreck while transporting children to school on Wednesday morning.

The collision took place on U.S. Highway 74 near Standback Ferry Ice Plant Road in Wadesboro early in the morning as the bus was on its way to drop children off at Lilesville Elementary School, according to superintendent Michael Freeman.

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.”

Freeman said the cause of the crash is under investigation, and that he could not comment on it. The Wadesboro Police Department responded to the scene.

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By Imari Scarbrough