Brunswick County school bus driver off the job following crash

Two school buses were involved in a crash Friday afternoon.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County school bus driver cited in Friday’s crash is on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation, according to Brunswick County School Spokeswoman Jessica Swencki.

Cary Felton, 27, was hired in 2015 as a sub transportation safety assistant and became a bus driver in March of 2016.

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The crash happened Friday afternoon near Virginia Williamson Elementary School.

The NC Highway Patrol says one school bus stopped to make a left turn. Another driver was stopped behind the bus, when the second bus, driven by Felton, hit that driver and pushed their truck into the first bus.

The Highway Patrol says Felton was distracted by student on his bus. Felton was cited with failure to reduce speed.

26 students were sent to two area hospitals. There were no life-threatening injuries.