A Johnston County school bus was involved in a car accident with an SUV that sent four children to the hospital.
Shannon Banks was driving her SUV on Highway 210 in Angier, North Carolina (NC) when her SUV suddenly crossed over the center lane and hit a school bus head on in the intersection of Highway 210 and Highway 50. At the time of the accident the school bus had just left McGee's Crossroads Elementary School and had a bus load of children on board. Four of those children and the school bus driver were taken to Wake Med Hospital.
Shannon Banks was charged with reckless driving by the North Carolina Highway Patrol after an investigation proved she had fallen asleep at the wheel.
Most of us do not believe we will fall asleep while driving. No matter how tired we are we get behind the wheel assuming that the driving will keep us alert enough to make the trip. However, it is easy to suddenly nod off while you are driving, especially if you are used to the route you are taking.
Several thousand accidents are reported nationwide each year due to drivers falling asleep behind the wheel. It is important that you do not drive when you are drowsy or on medication known to make you drowsy. Even if you do not fall asleep while you are driving, drowsiness severely impairs your ability to drive. It will slow down your reaction time and make you far more likely to be involved in a car accident.
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