A fatal collision occurred at 6:45 Tuesday morning on US 221 near New Prospect Baptist Church in the Maddens Community of Laurens County. The crash involved a Laurens County School District 55 special needs school bus and a motorcycle.
According to Lance Corporal Tony Keller of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the school bus was travelling north on US221 and attempted a left turn onto New Prospect Church Road. The motorcycle was travelling south on US 221 and struck the right hand side of the bus as it turned.
The driver of the bus, 72 year old Steward D. Suber of Mountville, was not injured in the accident. Four student passengers on the bus, a 5 year old, a 9 year old, a 14 year old and a 20 year old – all males, were also uninjured.
The driver of a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was identified by Laurens County Deputy Cororner Vickie Cheek as 50 year old Marsha Kay Gillespie of 367 Narnie Road, Laurens. Ms. Cheek stated the cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma. She said Ms. Gillespie died instantly upon impact.