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9 injured when school bus overturns in Chester County crash; teen driver charged

A Head Start bus crashed just after 2 p.m. on the J. A. Cochran Bypass at Saluda Road in Chester Monday.
A Head Start bus crashed just after 2 p.m. on the J. A. Cochran Bypass at Saluda Road in Chester Monday. aburriss@heraldonline.com

Chester County emergency crews responded to the scene of a crash involving an overturned school bus Monday afternoon.

The crash happened just after 2 p.m. on the J.A. Cochran Bypass and involved a school bus and two other vehicles. First responders told dispatchers all of the students were out of the overturned bus, which was blocking the roadway.

The bus involved was servicing the North Chester Head Start program, which is operated by Carolina Community Actions.

The bus was coming from a Head Start program in Lowrys on Saluda Road. While crossing J.A. Cochran Bypass, the bus was struck on one side by a Honda sedan that reportedly ran a red light and caused the bus to overturn.

The 19-year-old Chester woman driving the car was charged with disregarding a traffic signal, according to S.C. Highway Patrol.

Walter Kellogg, executive director of Carolina Community Actions, said five students and two adults were on board. All were hurt, but no one received life-threatening injuries. Some children were taken to a hospital while others were released on scene. The two people in the car also were injured.

Chester city police and firefighters responded, along with Chester County Rescue Squad, EMS, emergency management, sheriff’s deputies and S.C. Highway Patrol.

Responders had the bus back on its wheels and cleared from the area about an hour after the accident, according to Ben Grant with Chester County Emergency Management.

Carolina Community Actions operates multiple programs, including Head Start, in York, Chester, Lancaster, Union and Fairfield counties.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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