Sept. 16: Charlotte Fire Department officials investigate the scene where a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus veered into a house in Charlotte, N.C.
A school bus driver who thought her bus was empty was startled so badly when a sleeping student woke up that she swerved and slammed into a house in Charlotte.
The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday the 15-year-old girl had fallen asleep and missed her drop-off at the Northwest School of the Arts. The driver was in a neighborhood on her way to pick up students for another bus route when she saw the teenager wake up.
The driver lost control, hit a curb and plowed into the house.
The 81-year-old woman inside the nearly destroyed house, the driver and the student weren't seriously injured.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said the driver, whose name hasn't been released, has been suspended with pay after failing to confirm all students had gotten off the bus.