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      Highway back open after school bus accident sends children to area hospital

      LUGOFF, SC (WACH)- A late afternoon bus crash sends five people to the hospital.

      According the South Carolina Highway Patrol at about 3:00 p.m. four vehicles were involved in an accident on Highway U.S. 1. The other vehicles in the wreck with the bus included a Toyota mini-van, and a Volkswagen car. Troopers closed the highway for about 2 hours.

      Four people from the bus and another person from one of the other vehicles were taken to an area hospital.

      Mary Anne Byrd with Kershaw County School District said a bus from Watteree Elementary School was taking students home after school Thursday afternoon, when they were hit from behind by another vehicle on Highway 1 near the Pine Mark subdivision.

      The South Carolina Highway Patrol reopened U.S.1 about 5:00 p.m.