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Firefighters: 3 hospitalized after CATS bus driver has medical emergency, hits CMS bus

CHARLOTTE — A school bus driver and a Charlotte Area Transit System bus rider were hurt in a crash when the driver of the CATS bus had a medical emergency, firefighters said.

According to the Charlotte Fire Department, a CATS bus crashed head-on into a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus in southeast Charlotte at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The crash happened on Randolph Road near Aylesford Road.

Paramedics confirmed they took three people to the hospital, but said none of those patients were from the school bus. In a 9:45 a.m. update, firefighters confirmed the CATS driver, a CATS bus rider and the CMS driver were taken to the hospital.

Investigators said the CATS driver had a medical emergency while driving and swerved, crossing lanes and hitting the CMS bus. CMS said there were seven students on board bus #1422, which was headed to Park Road Montessori.

MEDIC evaluated all seven students. They weren’t hurt in the crash and were taken to school to meet their parents, firefighters said.

The inbound lanes of Randolph Road were closed as law enforcement investigated.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story said the CMS bus was going to Myers Park High School. This article has been updated.

(WATCH BELOW: ‘Had to get help’: SC bus driver commended by district for quick action during fight)


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