MONCKS CORNER -- The S.C. Highway Patrol plans to file a driving under the influence charge against one of the drivers in a three-vehicle collision that involved a school bus on Old Whitesville Road today.
No school children were injured in the 2:30 p.m. wreck, but a 24-year-old Moncks Corner man who was driving a pickup truck was flown by helicopter to Medical University Hospital.
Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bob Beres said three vehicles were traveling in the same direction on the road, just south of Moncks Corner, when the driver of a pickup truck tried to pass several vehicles at once on a two-lane road.
The driver tried to merge back into traffic from the passing lane, cutting between the school bus and a Ford sport-utility vehicle. The pickup truck hit the school bus and the SUV, causing it to go off the roadway and flip over, Beres said.
The driver of the pickup, William S. Alongi, 24, is being charged with driving under the influence, Beres said. Alongi will be taken to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center upon his release from the hospital, Beres said.
There were four Whitesville Elementary School students on the bus, but none of them were injured, said Kathie Sizemore, a spokeswoman for the Berkeley County School District.
The children were transferred to another bus and taken home, she said. The bus and its driver remained at the scene while the S.C. Highway Patrol conducted its investigation, she said.
Neither the bus driver nor the driver of the SUV were injured, Beres said.
According to court records, Alongi, of Moncks Corner, was out on bail awaiting trial. At the time of the wreck, he was wearing a court-ordered ankle monitor.
Alongi was charged in March by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office with attempted murder, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and malicious injury to property. Details about the incident were unavailable.