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9 Cannon School students hurt in tour bus collision

BOLTON – Nine Cannon School students are recovering from minor injuries Thursday after a tour bus on which they were riding was hit by a tractor-trailer Wednesday afternoon in Columbus County.

Beth Levanti, a spokeswoman for the Concord private school, said the injured students were released from the hospital Thursday evening after treatment.

The N.C. Highway Patrol reports the collision took place about 1 p.m. on U.S. 74 at N.C. 214, near the town of Bolton. That is about 170 miles east-southeast of Charlotte and about 40 miles from the coast.

The injured students were part of a group of about 90 ninth-graders and teachers headed to Oak Island on a field trip. They were riding on buses chartered through Nancy and Udean Christian Tours of Newton.

Levanti said the trip is taken annually by Cannon School ninth-graders after the first month of classes, as part of a team-building exercise.

The N.C. Highway Patrol’s report says the driver of the Cannon School bus was attempting to turn eastbound on U.S. 74 from N.C. 214 when it clipped an eastbound truck.

The students and staff not injured in the crash spent the night at First Baptist Church in Whiteville, according to a Cannon School official. The group continued its outing Thursday and is due to return to Concord as planned Friday.

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