School bus in Summerville impaled by log this morning; no serious injuries
SUMMERVILLE — Police have charged the driver of a logging truck in connection with a crash that left a school bus impaled by a log this morning.
The incident happened about 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue and Parsons Road.
Officers say no one was hurt, but details are still being gathered.
Three Head Start students and the driver's assistant were on the bus when the incident happened.
The logging truck's driver, James Roberts, 69, was cited for making an improper turn, Police Capt. Jon Rogers said.
Roberts said he didn't realize anything had happened until he arrived at the mill and realized part of the log and a flag were missing.
The Walterboro man said he believes the incident happened when he made a left turn onto Parsons Road.
“I made a turn and she drove into the back of the logs,” Roberts said.
Rogers identified the school bus driver as 38-year-old Dorothy Chiasson of Ladson.
Everyone on the school bus was taken to the hospital to be checked for possible injuries.
“We take every precautionary step possible to keep our children safe but we can't control everything,” Berkeley Superintendent Rodney Thompson said. “We are just ecstatic that no one was seriously injured in this unfortunate accident.”
The Berkeley County School District runs the Head Start program and the bus driver is a Berkeley County employee.
The intersection where the incident occurred is a common area for logging trucks to travel when headed for the nearby mill.
Roberts said the truck is legally marked to ensure drivers see that it's there.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Summerville Police Department at 851-4100.
Editor's note: Because of incorrect information provided to The Post and Courier, earlier versions of this story gave the wrong age for Dorothy Chiasson.