A bus carrying 13 passengers crashed Monday, sending eight to an area hospital.
At approximately 4:34 p.m. Monday, the bus, which was traveling from Camp Govoah in Durham, was on county Route 22 in the town when it had lost power causing it to roll backwards, according to a statement made to state police by the 20-year-old driver Naftali Miles.
“The vehicle continued backwards for approximately one-tenth of a mile,” State Police Troop F Commander Major Edward Raso said, “and traveled off the south shoulder, striking and severing a utility pole.”
Eight of the passengers were transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with minor injuries as a precautionary measure, police officials said.
The accident is still under investigation.
Fraidy Karmel, the wife of Camp Govoah’s Head Counselor Rabbi Leibel Karmel, said the camp was grateful for the speed and efficiency of the first responders.
“Everyone is fine, thank god,” Karmel said, “and we are just so grateful that all of the children are fine and no one had to stay in the hospital.”
All of the camp’s vehicles are inspected, Karmel said, leaving the administration uncertain as to what caused the power failure.
“We are looking into it and we have confidence in the driver,” Karmel said. “We are thankful to all the neighbors that helped out including the EMS and state troopers. They were very helpful and we hope we don’t have to meet them under circumstances like this again.”
Source: The Daily Mail