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A school bus carrying 15 Edisto High School students was involved in a three-vehicle accident on Thursday morning.

S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones reported that the accident occurred as a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, a 2017 GMC pickup and a 2009 Freightliner school bus were traveling east on Hickory Hill Road near the 950 block.

At 7:20 a.m., the pickup truck struck the Impala, Jones said. That caused the Impala to collide with the rear of the bus.

The pickup continued off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Jones said the pickup driver was charged with driving too fast for conditions and a seatbelt violation.

The drivers of the pickup and Impala were transported to the Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, Jones said.

In addition, there was a passenger in the pickup truck. Orangeburg County EMS transported the passenger to RMC with non-life threatening injuries.

EMS also transported one student from the scene to RMC with non-life threatening injuries.

Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Assistant Superintendent Ernest Holiday said the accident occurred after the bus picked up a student and was pulling off from the designated bus stop.

He said the school district notified parents about the accident and they transported their students from the scene to the school.

The school nurse checked out each of the students and one student complained of back issues.

That student’s parents transported them to the hospital to get checked out further.

Holiday said Thursday morning’s accident does not affect the bus route. The bus route remains the same on Friday morning.

This is the first reported school bus-related accident in The T&D Region this year.

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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