Drunk driver caused Charleston County school bus wreck, investigators say

A Ladson man driving drunk caused a school-bus wreck Wednesday afternoon, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s office.

Samuel D. Brown, 60, of Hummingbird Avenue is charged with first-offense driving under the influence and an open-container violation.

Brown, driving a black Chrysler sedan, hit a trailer being pulled by a white Ford F-150 about 4:30 p.m. on Ladson Road near Lincolnville Road, according to Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady. The collision caused the truck to veer into the path of the bus, which hit the truck.

Five students, Brown and the occupant of another vehicle were hospitalized with minor injuries, Brady said.

Deputies found several open containers of beer in Brown’s car, and Brown showed signs of impairment, according to the incident report. A blood test was sent to the State Law Enforcement Division for testing.

Brown remained hospitalized Thursday.

The bus was carrying students from Stall High School, according to the Charleston County School District office.

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