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18 students taken to hospital after Bladen school bus tips onto side

School-Bus1A Bladen County school bus tipped onto its side Friday afternoon, sending 18 students to Bladen County Hospital, mostly as a precautionary measure, according to officials.

The accident happened about 3:30 p.m., according to the school system’s public relations and communications officer Valerie Newton. The bus was transporting students home from Clarkton School of Discovery and Booker T. Washingon Primary School.

The accident occurred on Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road near Harrelson Road when the bus carrying 39 children slipped off the road while going around a curve, Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said. The driver, whose name was not available, lost control of the bus trying to get back on the road. The bus then tipped onto its left side.

Bladen County Schools posted on its Facebook page Friday night that students who were on the bus can pick up their belongings Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. at Clarkton School of Discovery.

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