Driver cited in SE Charlotte school bus crash

- A CMS school bus driver has been cited after running off the road down a 30-foot embankment into the deck of a home in southeast Charlotte on Tuesday morning according to officials.

Latoeya Trenise Patton has been cited with traveling "too fast for conditions."

Police reviewed the GPS download from the bus, it was determined that the bus was traveling 29 mph just before the sharp curve. At the time the bus left the roadway in the curve, the bus was still traveling 23 mph. The area is marked with a 10 mph warning sign, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

It was reported the Patton wrecked after swerving to avoid hitting a cat.

The incident happened Tuesday, May 31 at the corner of Briardale Drive and Brook Canyon Drive.

Medic said six students were taken to Novant Presbyterian Hospital, and eight students were transported to CMC-Main, along with Patton. Injuries included broken bones, cuts, and bruises. 

Patton was trapped at first but has since been freed. All 23 students were out of the bus when first responders arrived.

The homeowner was inside at the time of the crash and told FOX 46 Charlotte he was not injured.

Bus 488 was headed to Randolph IB Middle School Tuesday morning, according to school officials.

It took 28 firefighters to bring the incident under control in 40 minutes, according to Charlotte Fire. CMS representatives reported to the scene to help out.

Some of the students were released already from the hospital Tuesday and now are home. 

Authorities said Patton was hired on March 29, 2004. She has been suspended with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation. 

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