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GLEN APLINE — A school bus carrying nine Burke County Public Schools students was involved in a wreck that sent five students to Carolinas Medical Center with minor injuries Tuesday morning.

The bus “ran off the road and crashed into a culvert” on Linville Street near Cemetery Street in Glen Alpine, according to Glen Alpine Police Chief Rodney Cox.

The bus driver, Andrew Thomas, 58, was not injured.

Bus 243 from Walter A. Young Elementary School was carrying nine EC students from different BCPS schools, in addition to a bus monitor when it crashed Tuesday, according to Burke County Public Schools Public Relations Officer Cheryl Shuffler.

Cox said the weather conditions of rain and fog probably played a factor in the crash, which resulted in Thomas being ticketed for driving too fast for conditions, Cox said.

Thomas was not ticketed for speeding as he was driving 33 mph in a 35 mph zone, though he was sent for a drug test per crash protocol, Shuffler said.

All five of the students were released from the hospital prior to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Shuffler said.

The News Herald will update this story as it develops.

Johnny Casey can be reached at jcasey@morganton.com or 828-432-8907.

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