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Driver charged after school bus hits house in Elon

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None of the eight Alamance-Burlington students aboard a school bus were injured when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a house near the intersection of Gibsonville-Ossipee Road with Shepherd Road in Elon Friday morning.

At the time of the crash, eight students en route to Western Middle and Western High schools were on board when the crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. Friday, according to a subsequent report issued by the State Highway Patrol (SHP).

The bus driver, identified by the SHP as Antoinetta Evans Johnson, 51, of Burlington, has been charged with failure to maintain lane control, which state law classifies as a traffic infraction. The highway patrol did not identify the cause of the crash.

“Johnson traveled across the center line, through a grass median, and across the intersection at Shepard Road,” SHP spokesman Brian Martin reported following the accident. “Johnson continued through the intersection, traveled off the roadway, and collided with a residential structure.”

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Johnson and another ABSS employee who was also on the bus at the time of the crash, identified as Jennifer Marie Bell, 61, of Elon, were transported to Alamance Regional Medical Center for treatment of what the SHP described as minor injuries.

The area was closed to traffic for approximately two hours during the accident investigation, and the scene was cleared at 10:14 a.m.

Johnson is currently scheduled to appear in Alamance County district court for the traffic citation on February 23, according to the Alamance County court system.

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