The Taylorsville woman who caused a bus carrying 19 children to flip on its side has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of child abuse and is being held at Alexander County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond, according to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.
Kimberly Ann Austin, 56, was initially charged with driving while impaired and driving left of center, according to a North Carolina Public Safety report. Blood test results are pending at this time.
Austin was traveling south on Icard Ridge Road when she crossed the centerline, collided with the bus and the bus overturned. Trooper Jeffery Swagger said a 10-year-old child was in Austin’s vehicle at the time of the accident.
West Alexander Middle School said via Facebook on Tuesday a student once in critical condition after the school bus accident is now in stable condition.
“The student hospitalized following the bus accident [Monday] at [Wake Forest] Baptist is recovering well, receiving care, and remains in stable condition,” the Facebook post said.
“Preliminary reports from the parent indicate the student will be going home within the next few days. Please keep the student and all those involved in the accident in your continued thoughts and prayers.”
Frye Regional Medical Center received nine patients from the accident, according to a Frye report. Eight were released and the other child was sent to Wake Forest Baptist’s Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Caldwell Memorial Hospital received two patients from the accident. One patient was released and the other was sent to Brenner Children’s Hospital, Rocky Brooks of Caldwell Memorial Hospital said.
According to a report from Alexander County Schools, one child was released from Brenner late Monday.
Catawba Valley Medical Center received six patients from the accident and all were treated and released, Matt Webber of Catawba Valley Medical Center said.