NC Highway Patrol Releases Victims’ Names of Saturday’s Bus Crash
UPDATE: The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has released the names of the four that died in Saturday’s collision on US74 by-pass near Hamlet, N.C.
The driver has been identified as 43-year-old Brian Andre Kirkpatrick. The three passengers are identified as 21-year-old Devonte Gibson, 19-year-old Tito Hamilton Jr., and 8-year-old Darice Hicks.
RICHMOND, N.C. – Four passengers are dead and forty-two others are injured after a motor coach bus crashed near Hamlet, N.C. at approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Officials say that an 1993 MCI motor coach bus was traveling east on the US74 by-pass when the front left tire blew, causing the vehicle to strike the median guardrail before sideswiping a concrete bridge column.
Investigators say occupants of the crash were transported to Sandhills Regional Medical Center, First Health Richmond Regional Medical Center, First Health Moore Regional Medical Center, and Scotland Memorial Hospital with various injuries.
Two patients were transported to CMC-Main. The hospital told WCCB that possibly three more patients will also be transported to CMC.
Officials say injuries range from critical to minor in nature.
The bus was carrying a football team from the Ramah Juco Academy in Rock Hill, S.C.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says that a majority of the occupants were from Clinton College based in Rock Hill.
The team was headed to Fayetteville, N.C. to play a scheduled game against The University of God’s Chosen at 4:00 p.m.
It is unclear at this time if Clinton College has an actual football team or if their students participate in an off campus athletic football team.
Both eastbound and westbound lanes of US74 by-pass are closed tonight as troopers continue their investigation.
Traffic is being diverted around this crash scene. It is anticipated that the closure will be for several hours.
This is an ongoing investigation.