Troopers: Church bus driver charged in fiery crash on I-77 that killed elderly woman

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The driver of a church bus is now facing charges after the bus he was operating crashed on I-77 southbound near uptown Sunday, killing an 87-year-old woman, NC State Highway Patrol said. 

The bus driver, Scotty Garry Lewis, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. 

According to Highway Patrol, the bus was attempting to get off at the Exit 9C ramp on I-77 just after 2 p.m. Sunday but lost control and hit a barrier wall. 

Troopers tell FOX 46 Lewis is a contributing factor in Daisy Withers' death due to the fact that he was trying to get off an exit too late and crashed into the concrete barrier, resulting in her death. 

There were a total of five people on board the bus, including the driver. The church was taking the elders out to lunch on Sunday when the tragic crash occurred. Medic confirms the bus was associated with Victory Christian Church.

Four other patients were transferred to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, troopers said. 

With firefighters out in the heat, a cooling station was on scene due to the severe temperatures.