SCHP: School bus crashes into mobile home after driver falls asleep

A school bus crashed into an abandoned mobile home in Darlington County Monday morning. Source: Darlington County Sheriff's Office on Facebook
A school bus crashed into an abandoned mobile home in Darlington County Monday morning. Source: Darlington County Sheriff's Office on Facebook
Photo depicting the damage left by the school bus. Source: Ken Baker
Photo depicting the damage left by the school bus. Source: Ken Baker

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A school bus carrying 32 students crashed into a mobile home in the Dovesville in Darlington County Monday morning, reportedly after the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

The  students involved in the bus crash attend Darlington County High School, Darlington Middle and the Mayo High School.

Those students had to exit out of the back of the bus because the front of it was lodged in this building.

"It was real loud, just like an explosion," student Izeria Gattisson said.

16- year-old Izeria Gattisson heard the school bus she was supposed to get on crash into mobile home just feet from the bus stop."

"I ran after the bus because my sister and them was up there," Gattison said.

Gattisson's half sister had gotten on the bus a few stops earlier.  The crash left her with a busted lip.

'They were scared, one little girl had a bruise on her head. Another little girl had braces and she cut her lip a little bit. They we all just scared….we were scared," Parent, Renee Gainey said.

Renee Gainey helped get some of those Darlington County students off of the school bus shortly after it crashed on Cedar Ridge Road at Wallflower Lane in Dovesville.

"Well when I got here there were like three or four kids that had already gotten off the bus. I started telling them let's go and then they all go off, it took awhile," Gainey said.

while she was working to get students off the bus Gainey said  she asked the bus driver, 37-year-old Lakeisha Renee Graham-Martin if she was ok.

"The bus driver was passed out," Gainey said.

The State Highway Patrol says Graham-Martin admits to falling asleep before crashing the school bus.

The Darlington County School District has placed Graham-Martin on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the crash.

The mobile home belongs to a church.

It serves as a storage unit; no one was inside when the bus crashed into it this morning.

A few of the students in the Dovesville Community did not go to school today –after the incident.

The bus driver is facing a charge for running the stop sign during the accident.

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