Man dies after running red light, hitting NC school bus causing it to flip, troopers say

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NEWTON, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A 41-year-old man died Thursday afternoon after authorities said he failed to stop at a red light and collided with a school bus in Catawba County, causing the bus to overturn, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Troopers said James Willis was driving a Toyota Tundra southbound on N.C. 16 and continued driving straight onto East P Street Extension when he failed to stop at the red light.

The Tundra collided with a Catawba County Schools bus in the intersection. The bus overturned onto a Hyundai Santa Fe that had stopped on East P Street Extension.

Willis died from his injuries at the scene and troopers said he was not restrained by a seatbelt.

The 50-year-old bus driver and the 71-year-old driver of the Hyundai received non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

There were no students on the bus, that officials said serves Bandys High School.

Additionally, troopers closed the highway for more than two hours to conduct their investigation.

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