Mooresville, NC -- A bus carrying 45 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers returning from overseas overturned Friday afternoon in Mooresville.
NC State Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 2:45 p.m. on NC Highway 150 at the intersection of Oak Meadow Road. Troopers say the bus slowed for turning traffic, slid to the right, ran off the road and flipped on its side.
One person was airlifted with serious, but non-life threatening injuries to Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte. Sixteen other patients were taken Carolina Medical Center in Huntersville, seven were taken to Lake Norman Regional Hospital, and four patients were taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital, according to Highway Patrol. Authorities say most of the soldiers have minor injuries. The bus driver was not injured.
The soldiers were being transported from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Salisbury when the accident happened.
The Army Reserve members are from the 991st Transportation Company based in Salisbury.
WFMY News 2 has confirmed the company that operates the bus is Holiday Tours, Inc. based out of Randolph County.
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford spoke with the driving supervisor, Aaron Hawks in Randleman on Friday.
Hawks said as soon as they got word of the crash, they took action.
"We do have a team in place to handle these situations. In fact the team was assembled within 5 minutes of the initial phone call. Our goal is to assist the local authorities and get to investigating the situation to help everyone involved," said Hawks.
Holiday Tours told News 2 they require background checks. Then new drivers have to take online training, in-class training, and behind the wheel training. They also have a driver/mentor program for new drivers to travel with experienced drivers.
Holiday Tours has roughly 125 drivers and they're all required to take training throughout their employment.
Hawks said the driver in the wreck has been with Holiday Tours for about a year.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Holiday Tours has a satisfactory rating, which is the highest. In the last two years, they've had four crashes involving two injuries.
According to Holiday Tours, they've been in business since 1977. They have around 68 vehicles and travel all over the country.
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