Five vehicles involved in N.C. 16 wreck

A woman was flown by helicopter to a Charlotte hospital late Tuesday afternoon after her Oldsmobile hit a Catawba County Schools bus and three other vehicles on N.C. 16.

No children were on the bus at the time of the wreck. The crash, which happened near the entrance to Nancy and Udean Burke Christian Tours, caused traffic to back up in both directions for more than an hour and a half.

Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol said the driver of the Oldsmobile, whose identity was not released, traveled left of center, struck the side of the school bus and hit the other vehicles shortly after 5 p.m.

Capt. Kelly Campbell with Bandys Fire and Rescue said first responders had to cut the Oldsmobile driver out of the car before she was transported by the MedCenter Air helicopter.

But Trooper R.G. Griffin with the highway patrol said the woman was alert and talking after the accident.

“I don’t think it was life-threatening,” Griffin said. “But she was beat up pretty bad.”

The drivers of the other vehicles involved in the wreck, including school bus driver Chris Avery, were unhurt, said Trooper B.L. Buchanan.

Avery said he had dropped off the last student about 10 minutes before the crash.
“It could have been worse,” Avery said.

Traffic was still stopped after 6:30 p.m. as crews worked to clean scattered glass, metal and plastic from the highway.

Crews that responded to the scene also included Oxford Fire Department, Sherrills Ford Fire Department, Maiden Rescue and Catawba County EMS.

Griffin said information about charges would not be available until he interviewed the driver of the Oldsmobile.