TARBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a crash Monday morning that injured about 26 people when a tractor trailer rear ended a bus carrying migrant workers.
It happened around 6 a.m. on US 64 near Tarboro.
Troopers say a flatbed tractor trailer was headed east on US 64 near exit 484 in Edgecombe County when it rear ended the passenger bus. The bus overturned as a result of the crash, coming to rest in the left lane of US 64. The tractor trailer veered onto the right shoulder, traveling down an embankment and coming to rest along a wood line.
About 26 passengers from the bus were taken to area hospitals with various injuries. Two passengers had serious injuries and they were flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment.
The tractor trailer’s driver, Aaron Nissim Moore, 31, of McLeansville, N.C., was charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision. Investigators say they think the tractor trailer was traveling between 60-65 miles per hour when it hit the back of the bus. The passenger bus was traveling about 45 miles per hour. The driver of the bus, Manuel Rodrigues, 29, of Nashville, N.C., will also be charged with failing to have a Class B driver’s license. Troopers say a Class B license is required when transporting 16 or more passengers.
Clean-up is still underway. Eastbound lanes of US 64 reopened early Monday afternoon.