Five students taken to hospital after school bus crash on Highway 544

Five people were transported to an area hospital after an Horry County Schools bus was involved in a crash Tuesday morning, HCS Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier said.

The two-vehicle crash happened before 7 a.m. on S.C. Highway 544 and Pine Hollow Road, according to Horry County Fire Rescue. Five children on the bus were transported with minor injuries, officials said.

Cpl. Sonny Collins with South Carolina Highway Patrol said a driver disregarded a red light and struck the bus. The driver of the car has been charged with disregarding a red light, he said.

The bus involved was for Forestbrook Elementary and carried 25 students, Bourcier said.

HCFR asked drivers to avoid the area Tuesday morning as traffic was down to one lane.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.

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