A Moore County Schools bus driver faces criminal charges after a West Pine Middle student was injured while disembarking from a school bus in Taylortown on Wednesday.
The bus let the student off near Walker Street and Americus Road just before 4 p.m., according to a statement by Moore County Schools. The student sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and is expected to return to school in the next several days.
EMS and N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene along with West Pine Middle Principal Doug Massengill, Moore County Schools Senior Director of Operations Dale Buie, and other school staff. After the incident, the schools contacted parents to collect the other 25 bus riders from the scene.
State troopers cited the driver for careless and reckless driving, according to the district. The Pilot has been unable to reach N.C. Highway Patrol for further detail on the incident.
The driver had been with Moore County Schools since 2010.
“Moore County Schools deeply regrets this incident occurred,” the district said in a statement. “We are working with the student’s family to ensure a smooth transition when he returns to school in the next several days. While we cannot comment on the specifics of confidential personnel matters, the employee is not currently driving a bus, and we are investigating thoroughly."