• Car collides with school bus; 2 taken to hospital

    By: Kathryn Burcham


    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - Two people were injured when a school bus collided with a car in Rowan County Tuesday morning.

    Chopper 9 flew over the scene where a bus could be seen with damage to the front end on Woodleaf Road.

    Rowan County School officials said the bus had 28 fourth-graders returning to Woodleaf Elementary School after seeing play in Salisbury.

    Six students complained of injury and one was treated at scene.

    The driver of the car, Melissa Rivers, was taken to Rowan Regional Hospital then airlifted to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. A student was also transported to the hospital who was treated and released.

    Rivers is director of Career Planning & Placement at Livingstone College and administrators told Channel 9 they are concerned about her recovery.

    "We are a praying institution and so we believe the power of prayer will help her," said spokesman State Alexander.

    Some of Rivers' colleagues traveled to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem to be with her following the accident, Alexander said.

    Troopers are still investigating what caused Rivers to cross over into the school buses' lane and have not said if she will face any charges in the crash.

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