School Bus Accident Shuts Down Road, Sends Kids to Hospital

A school bus bound for Burley Middle School was involved in an accident yesterday morning, the Progress reports. Driver Rebecca Merchant was turning onto Preston from Ridge-McIntire when she rear-ended a Ford Focus. Ten kids reported injuries, and were taken to the hospital, though all were released within a few hours. In the meantime, the road was shut down for hours, full of ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks. Merchant has been charged with reckless driving, and has been placed on leave by the Albemarle school system.