A 12-year-old West Pine Middle School student suffered wrist injuries after being dragged and run over by his school bus Wednesday afternoon.

According to Moore County Schools, “A student was injured while exiting the bus at a stop. Injuries sustained were non-life-threatening.” The school district said there were no other injuries.

Bus 18 was carrying 26 students near Walker Avenue and Americus Street in Taylortown when the accident happened just before 4 p.m.

Several staff members immediately responded to the scene including West Pine Middle School Principal Doug Massengill and Senior Director of Operations Dr. Dale Buie. Moore County EMS and State Highway Patrol also responded.

Parents were notified, so they could pick up their children.

“Moore County Schools deeply regrets this incident occurred,” said the school district. “We are working with the student’s family to ensure a smooth transition when he returns to school in the next several days.  While we cannot comment on the specifics of confidential personnel matters, the employee is not currently driving a bus, and we are investigating thoroughly.”

The student went to the hospital for his injuries, and the bus driver, Kim Crawford, 43, was charged with careless and reckless driving.

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