Car driver charged with DWI in North Carolina bus crash

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    Update: A North Carolina woman has been charged with driving while impaired after a crash with a school bus that sent 13 students to the hospital.

    The North Carolina Highway Patrol issued a news release saying Kimberly Ann Austin was also charged with driving left of center. The 56-year-old Taylorsville resident was being treated Monday afternoon at a hospital.

    It wasn't clear if she had a lawyer who could speak for her. A working home phone listing couldn't be found, and the district attorney's office didn't immediately respond to an email asking if Austin has an attorney.

    The Highway Patrol says that Austin's car crossed the center line and hit the bus carrying a driver and 19 students. The Patrol said 12 of the students suffered minor injuries, while one was in critical condition but expected to survive.

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    Officials tell WSOC TV, a school bus carrying middle school students overturned Monday morning in Alexander County.

    The incident happened just after 7:30 a.m. on Icard Ridge Road near the Bethlehem community.

    According to school officials, the bus was headed to West Alexander Middle School when it sideswiped another vehicle.

    The North Carolina Highway Patrol told WSOC TV an accident reconstruction team is being brought in with drones to investigate the scene.

    Officials said 13 of the 19 students on board and the bus driver were transported to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries is not clear at this point.

    No additional details have been released.

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