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No one injured when bus strikes deputy’s cruiser



 Staff Writer


A bus carrying two Lincoln County high school athletic teams Wednesday afternoon collided with a deputy’s patrol vehicle, troopers said.

The incident took place around 3 p.m. on N.C. 150 East, according to Trooper B. Black with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

North Lincoln High School’s varsity and junior varsity baseball teams were on their way from Pumpkin Center to West Lincoln High School for games when the crash occurred.

Athletic Director and baseball coach Jonathan Carpenter was driving the bus at the time, troopers said.

While Black stated Carpenter was driving “way under the speed limit” while traveling down the area roadway, he said the bus couldn’t get stopped in time to avoid hitting the back of the law enforcement vehicle.

Sheriff’s Detective Mark Stamey was stopped in the roadway, waiting to turn into a nearby church lot, troopers said.

Black still cited Carpenter for failure to reduce speed.

Troopers said drugs and alcohol were not factors in the incident.

In addition, no injuries occurred and neither vehicle sustained significant damage.



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