Man charged in collision with bus


Bus was carrying UCHS Baseball Team

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times This is some of the damage that was done to a Union County School District activity bus that was struck by another vehicle Saturday evening. The cargo space under the bus was damaged along with with rear tire on the driver’s side. Despite the damage, no one on the bus was injured.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The vehicle that collided with a Union County School District activity bus hit the bus on the front on the driver’s side and then continued along that side further damaging it. The damage included tearing the door off the bus’ battery box. No one on the bus was injured in the accident.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The signal light on the driver’s side of a Union County School District activity bus was damaged when another vehicle struck the bus Saturday evening. The bus was transporting the Union County High School Baseball Team back from a game when the accident occurred. No one on the bus was injured.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The rear tire on the driver’s side of a Union County School District activity bus was knocked off its rim when another vehicle struck the bus Saturday evening. The other vehicle hit the bus on the front on the driver’s side and then continued along that side causing more damage. No one on the bus was injured, however, even though the bus ran off the road as a result of the impact.


UNION — A Whitmire man has been charged in the Saturday evening collision of a car with a Union County School District activity bus that was carrying the Union County High School Baseball Team back home from a game.

L/Cpl. Gary Miller of the SC Highway Patrol said Monday morning that Barak Steven McClain, 21, Whitmire, has been charged with traveling left of center in the accident that occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday on the Whitmire Highway (US 176 South).

Miller said the accident occurred when the eastbound 2004 Nissan four-door Sedan driven by McClain crossed over and collided with a westbound 1998 International School Bus driven by Richard Bryce Duckett, 35, Union. He said the collision occurred 2.3 miles south of Union near Beatty’s Chapel Road.

After colliding with each other, Miller said the bus ran off the right side of the road and struck a ditch and an embankment. The Nissan ran off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail.

Miller said that neither Ducket nor his passengers were injured. Of the four people in the Nissan, Miller said it was reported that only the driver, McClain, may have suffered possibly minor injuries.

Union County School District Transportation Supervisor Sammy Tucker said that the Nissan struck the bus on the driver’s side of the front, then traveled down that side, damaging the hub on the right front tire, tearing the door off the battery box, damaging the cargo space, knocked the rear tire off the rim and twisting the bottom of that side of the bus.

Tucker said there were a total of 16 people on board the bus at the time of the collision, including Duckett and the UCHS Baseball Team and their coaches.

In addition to the SCHP, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Rescue Squad, Union County EMS, and the Southside Fire Department responded to the accident. Southside Public Information Officer Roger Bailey said that his department was on scene until 7:30 p.m. He said the section of US 176 where the accident occurred was closed to traffic for approximately two hours.

Bailey said that the bus was carrying the UCHS baseball team which was on its way back from Camden when the accident occurred. He said that while the bus was damaged in the collision no one on board was injured, which he attributed to the skill of the driver, Duckett.

“His maneuvering of the vehicle prevented major problems,” Bailey said. “He put it in the ditch to keep it from overturning.”

Charles Warner | The Union Times This is some of the damage that was done to a Union County School District activity bus that was struck by another vehicle Saturday evening. The cargo space under the bus was damaged along with with rear tire on the driver’s side. Despite the damage, no one on the bus was injured.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Collision-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This is some of the damage that was done to a Union County School District activity bus that was struck by another vehicle Saturday evening. The cargo space under the bus was damaged along with with rear tire on the driver’s side. Despite the damage, no one on the bus was injured.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The vehicle that collided with a Union County School District activity bus hit the bus on the front on the driver’s side and then continued along that side further damaging it. The damage included tearing the door off the bus’ battery box. No one on the bus was injured in the accident.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Collision-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The vehicle that collided with a Union County School District activity bus hit the bus on the front on the driver’s side and then continued along that side further damaging it. The damage included tearing the door off the bus’ battery box. No one on the bus was injured in the accident.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The signal light on the driver’s side of a Union County School District activity bus was damaged when another vehicle struck the bus Saturday evening. The bus was transporting the Union County High School Baseball Team back from a game when the accident occurred. No one on the bus was injured.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Collision-3.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The signal light on the driver’s side of a Union County School District activity bus was damaged when another vehicle struck the bus Saturday evening. The bus was transporting the Union County High School Baseball Team back from a game when the accident occurred. No one on the bus was injured.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The rear tire on the driver’s side of a Union County School District activity bus was knocked off its rim when another vehicle struck the bus Saturday evening. The other vehicle hit the bus on the front on the driver’s side and then continued along that side causing more damage. No one on the bus was injured, however, even though the bus ran off the road as a result of the impact.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Collision-4.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The rear tire on the driver’s side of a Union County School District activity bus was knocked off its rim when another vehicle struck the bus Saturday evening. The other vehicle hit the bus on the front on the driver’s side and then continued along that side causing more damage. No one on the bus was injured, however, even though the bus ran off the road as a result of the impact.
Bus was carrying UCHS Baseball Team

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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