Activity bus carrying Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy crashes
MCDOWELL COUNTY – An activity bus carrying the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy volleyball team crashed on NC Highway 226 on its way back to Rutherford County around 9 p.m. Monday after a playing a match against Mitchell.
More than a dozen people were injured, two of which were critical, after the bus careened 30 feet over an embankment just across the Mitchell County line in the Coxes Creek area of McDowell County.
McDowell County Emergency Management Director William Kehler told WLOS one person was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville and none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
“We have people at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital to be there for the kids until their parents arrive,” said Chad Calhoun, Mitchell County Schools superintendent shortly after the crash occurred. “Our athletic director is in contact with their athletic director and (Mitchell head volleyball coach) Ciji Dellinger and (assistant coach) Jennifer McMahan are at the hospital to be with the injured kids, and (Mitchell High School principal) Mark Woody and Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Biddix are at the scene.”
Calhoun said he was told everyone who was transported to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital was treated and released in under an hour.
“What an awesome job by the first responders and medics,” Calhoun said.
NC 226 reopened around midnight.