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Police: Mercedes-Benz driver was impaired when car struck CMS bus

The driver of a speeding Mercedes-Benz that struck a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus on Monday afternoon was impaired by alcohol, police said.
The driver of a speeding Mercedes-Benz that struck a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus on Monday afternoon was impaired by alcohol, police said. Tony Brown/Special to the Observer

The driver of a speeding Mercedes-Benz that struck a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus Monday afternoon was impaired by alcohol, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Kevin Sanders was charged with driving while impaired, and more charges are pending, police said.

Sanders, 56, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after his 2003 Mercedes-Benz struck CMS bus No. 1895 as the bus was turning left onto West Boulevard shortly before 5 p.m., police Detective R.C. Gormican said.

No students were on the bus, Gormican said.

The wreck happened in the 2800 block of West Boulevard between Old Steele Creek Road and Billy Graham Parkway.

The Mercedes-Benz struck the bus on its left side near the rear axle, Gormican said. The bus driver also was taken to the hospital, but only as a precaution, the officer said.

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