Fatal School Bus -vs-Car Crash

A Laurens County man was killed, and another was injured yesterday afternoon as a Laurens District 55 School Bus collided head-on with a car on Highway 101 in the Youngs Community.  South Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper David Jones told WLBG it appears the school bus was traveling on SC 101 near Harris Grove Church Road when it went across the center line and collided head-on with a Ford Fairmont, killing the driver and only occupant of the car.

Laurens County Deputy Coroner Patti Canup identified the deceased as 55-year-old Herman Alexander “Alex” Black of 503 Wilkie Road, Woodruff. She said he was pronounced dead as of 4:35 pm from blunt force trauma.

District 55 Chief of Staff Ed Murry told WLBG there were no passengers on the bus. The bus driver was transported for treatment of a laceration on his head, but it was thought he will be OK.

School District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters said, “We are greatly distressed by the loss of life resulting from this accident and we wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased. We strive to operate our buses as safely as possible and will do all we can to learn from this experience. The safety and security of our students, our staff, and the community are our number one priority, and this is a tragic loss.”  District spokesperson, Ed Murray, indicated that the district will have no further comments pending the outcome of the accident investigation. “We will learn what we can from this distressing event and incorporate those lessons in refining our practices and training our drivers as effectively as possible,” added Murray.

“Alex” Black was a minister in the United Methodist Church. He is listed as serving at Tabernacle United Methodist of Cross Anchor and Golightly UMC on Highway 56 north of Pauline. He’s also been associated with Gray Court UMC.