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8 hurt when Burke school bus overturns

A school bus overturned Monday morning in northwest Burke County, sending seven students and the driver to the hospital, authorities say.

None of the injuries was serious, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol and Burke County school officials.

The crash was reported about 7:30 a.m. in the 3900 block of Frank Whisnant Road. It took place near a curve on the two-lane road near N.C. 126, about 8 miles northwest of Morganton.

Troopers say Bus 61 was northbound, carrying about 10 students to Oak Hill Elementary School, when one of the right wheels went off the road and into the mud. The weight of the vehicle shifted, and the bus overturned, troopers say.

The injured were taken to a Morganton hospital. The students’ injuries were mostly cuts and bruises, officials say. The driver suffered a leg injury.

Travel conditions were wet and foggy at the time, troopers say. They say the crash remains under investigation.

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