PILOT MOUNTAIN — More details are emerging from an ongoing investigation by the North Carolina Highway Patrol into early morning accident on N.C. 268 before Whitaker Road outside of Pilot Mountain.
Trooper J.M. Atkins confirmed a female victim in the accident has been transported to Northern Hospital of Surry County in stable condition following being struck a glancing blow by a passenger car’s bumper and driver’s side view mirror. He said the accident occurred around 6:42 a.m. this morning.
Atkins declined to release any personal information on the victim or driver because he is piecing together details from persons including the victim, a bus driver who witnessed the incident and an independent witness.
He explained it appears the bus had stopped to take on the victim’s children in the early morning darkness and the passenger car had slowed at some distance before the bus, seeing the flashing lights.
He said preliminary interviews seemed to point to the injured female attempting to give the driver details about medication for one of her children, who had just boarded the bus.
Atkins said moments after the driver closed the bus door, which causes the flashing lights to stop, the woman appears to have walked back into the roadway to talk with the bus driver as the driver of the car continued on and struck the woman.
School officials indicated Shoals Elementary Principal Dana Thomas sent an alert message to inform parents no child had been injured in connection with the accident. Members of the Surry County Emergency Medical Services, Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department and Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad assisted at the scene.