District One bus driver injured in head-on collision Thursday

Published 12:44 pm Monday, August 23, 2010

A bus driver for Spartanburg School District 1 was injured Thursday when the bus was struck head-on by another vehicle, according to a S.C. Hwy. Patrol report.

The accident occurred at 4:20 p.m. on Oak Grove Road in the Oak Grove Community of Greenville County. According to Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol, the driver of the other vehicle, Tola Bruce Jr. of Landrum, was driving a 1993 Pontiac four-door north on Oak Grove Road when he entered a curve in the road and lost control. The car veered into the southbound lane, where it collided with the bus head-on.

Troopers estimated Bruce was traveling 40 mph in a 35-mph zone; the bus was going about 15 mph.

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The bus driver, 55-year-old Janice Turner of Landrum, was taken by ambulance to Mary Black Memorial Hospital. Her condition was not known.

The three students were checked by paramedics at the scene and released to their parents, according to a written statement from the school district.

Bruce was charged Thursday with driving too fast for the wet conditions. He was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center by ambulance. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to official reports.

Bruce was in jail this past month on several weapons charges, according to Spartanburg County jail reports.