Dramatic video shows tractor-trailer hit school bus carrying special needs student

Posted at 10:01 PM, Mar 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-22 22:01:17-04

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — The Greenville County School District released dramatic video on Thursday that shows the moment a tractor-trailer jack-knifed on a turn and hit a school bus carrying special needs students.

According to WYFF, the tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the road, hit a power pole, continued driving and crossed the center line, striking the school bus as it traveled, South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said. A power line landed on top of the school bus, according to the school district.

Officials say that four students were on board at the time of the crash.

Parents are calling the school bus driver, Tammy Cummings, "a true hero," for her actions following the crash. Cummings immediately called authorities to report the crash, makes sure all students stay on the bus due to the downed power line, and comforted the children until help arrived.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Gary Mccan, 24, was charged with driving left of center, according to WYFF.

Officials say no one on the bus had serious injuries. Mccan was taken to the hospital by emergency medical services, troopers said.